Clermont students (back row) Sean Haufe, Jack Britt, Jayme Nicholson, Kurtys Bont, Johanna Robertson, Kirsty Skinner, (front) Steph Close, Emily Newton, Emily Fry, Ainslee Lawrence, Ally Goodwin, Courtney Bush and teacher Leanne Perna are jetting off on a tour of Italy and Greece.
Clermont students (back row) Sean Haufe, Jack Britt, Jayme Nicholson, Kurtys Bont, Johanna Robertson, Kirsty Skinner, (front) Steph Close, Emily Newton, Emily Fry, Ainslee Lawrence, Ally Goodwin, Courtney Bush and teacher Leanne Perna are jetting off on a tour of Italy and Greece.

Ancient vistas map the future

ON SEPTEMBER 11, 14 Clermont students and their teacher Leanne Perna will fly off on their historical three-week tour of Greece and Italy.

They will be joined by six students and two teachers from Charters Towers.

This is the second history tour Mrs Perna has organised for her students with the group exploring well-known areas such as Athens, Olympia, Florence, Rome, Vatican City and Pompeii.

Clermont students have been fundraising for several months and managed to raise just under $10,000 giving most students about $950 dollars off their trip cost.

"While only five of those 14 students from Clermont study ancient history, I believe the rest of the students will have an appreciation of the ancient world," Mrs Perna said.

"It will make them hopefully have a desire to share their new knowledge with others and our community will understand the importance of how history always has a way of shaping the future."

During their travels they will visit the grave of an Australian-born soldier buried near Athens.

He died on April 12, 1941, as a sergeant in the Australian Army.

The two schools will stand together and place a poppy, given to them by the Returned Services League, on his grave.

The ceremony will be a reminder to them that home isn't so far away and what people have sacrificed for their way of life.

They will return on September 23, tired, happy and, hopefully, with a little more knowledge.


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