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NMIT students donate artwork to Austin Repatriation Hospital

05 Jul 2013

Students from NMIT’s Heidelberg Intermediate VCAL class presented a work of art to the Veteran Affairs Department at the Austin Repatriation Hospital last month in a gesture of support and goodwill.

The artwork consists of two soldiers standing on a hill (at dawn or dusk) to represent the ANZACS and other soldiers. To each side of the art work appears the poems, 'The Ode' and 'Flanders Fields.'

The students created the artwork following a visit to the Austin Hospital to attend the ANZAC day dawn service. The visit was part of a program of study on the topic of 'war' which also included a visit to the Shrine of Remembrance.

According to NMIT's VCAL Teacher - Youth Unit, Pierina Sassella, the students were very moved by their visit to the Austin Hospital and the opportunity to meet with volunteers and former war veterans from the Vietnam and Afghanistan wars.

“Our class consists of about 16 students between the ages of 16 and 18 who previously had no, or very little, understanding of what war actually means. The students felt honoured to be part of the dawn service and the opportunity to meet with war veterans has had a profound impact on them,

We were so overwhelmed and moved by the whole war history that we decided to donate a work of art created by the students,” said Pierina.

The students arranged a morning tea for the war veterans and volunteers at the Austin Hospital to officially hand over the art work.

Students who participated in the project have been invited back to the hospital to take part in Remembrance Day later this year.

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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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