Students 'write' behind Aus troops
AUSTRALIAN troops serving overseas will not be forgotten this Remembrance Day - the children of Amberley District State School have made sure of that.
More than 500 cards featuring heartfelt messages, pictures and even poems have been sent from the school to Australian servicemen and women deployed overseas in time for Remembrance Day on November 11.
Principal Lucinda Lambert said the defence force was a big part of the school's culture.
"A third of our school population are the children of defence force families, so it's a very important part of our school," Ms Lambert said.
Mrs Lambert pointed out that the school's logo incorporated an air force plane and that school houses were named after defence aircraft.
"It was a big effort on the students' part, but it's a really amazing thing that they have done," Ms Lambert said.
Kerry O'Byrne, a specialist defence schools aide, said she was overwhelmed at some of the student's words.
"I nearly cried, there were some really beautiful and thoughtful messages; a lot of students wrote 'stay safe', 'thank you for serving our country', or 'come home safe'," Ms O'Byrne said.
"We want them to know that they're not forgotten over there, that we really appreciate them, and for small children to be able to write them a message telling them this is just great," Ms O'Byrne said.
The postcard program is a new addition to the yearly Poppy Appeal activities organised by RSL Queensland, and invited students from schools across the state to write messages of thanks.
The RSL said the cards will be sent to Afghanistan, the Middle East, East Timor, Egypt, Iraq, the Solomon Islands and Sudan.