A handful of Pinjarra Senior High School metalwork students have been doing their part for their local community over the past few months, pitching in to build a new sign for the local RSL sub-branch.
Izabella Barton-Butler, Aaron Mangan, Jack Ramsay, Hannah Edwards, Chelsea Young-Beaman and Jonathan Strahan – along with teacher David Buys – have spent the past few months making the sign, which was erected outside the RSL hall last month.
The work encompasses those who have served in Australia’s army, navy and air force, and honours their families with gaps in the metal representing the gaps left in families when those in service are at war.
Izabella said the group felt it was important to use their time to give back to the community.
“We just wanted to give something back and we felt like making a sign for the RSL was one of the best ways to do that,” she said.
“It’s just nice to be able to have it displayed here.”
The Pinjarra RSL has had a strong relationship with the local high school for several years now, with students participating in the annual Anzac Day traditions.
RSL president Mike Humphrey said it was important for the sub-branch to have a connection with local youth.
“Things like this help us connect the younger generation to the RSL, and it’s fantastic to see them embracing it and honouring the men and women who have served the country,” he said.
“We’re very thankful the group has done this for us.”
The project won’t count towards the group’s grades, being carried out solely for the community value.