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Loxton High School’s new STEM
building is nearing completion,
with the building on track for a
Work on the $2.5 million purpose-built
science, technology, engineering and math-
ematics (STEM) building began in April.
Loxton High School principal David
Garrett said the building will be highly
utilised by staff and students.
“The idea is for it to be a highly collab-
orative area,” he said.
“There is open working space out here
for students to interact and possibly even
work across classes.
“The idea is for a very different type of
learning to happen.”
Site manager Matt Thomas said painting
“It is taking shape now,” he said.
“It has really good insulation and it has
solar power as well.
“It ticks all the boxes.”
Two of the school’s transportable build-
ings were demolished to make way for the
The new building will feature laborato-
ries, multi-purpose classrooms and a green
LHS building edging close to completion
Loxton High School’s new STEM building is on track to be completed next month. INSET: In
front of the building are site manger Matt Thomas and Loxton High School principal David
PHOTOS: Stephanie Thompson
A sign of remembrance
by Samantha Thomas
A sign of community
respect for the centenary
of World War I will be on
display for the final time
For every person who donated
or purchased a poppy or badge
at the Loxton RSL sub-branch’s
street stall in the lead up to Anzac
and Remembrance Day through-
out the WWI centenary period,
the group has placed a poppy in
the sign, highlighting the com-
munity’s respect and engagement
with the local group.
The number of poppies adorn-
ing the polystyrene numbers has
grown from just a few in the
early centenary years to almost
fully covered as the 100-year
armistice anniversary approaches
Loxton RSL sub-branch presi-
dent Robert Manuel said the sign
was a way to mark the anniver-
sary and involve the community.
“The council gave us the sign
at the start of the 100 years to
mark WWI and we’ve carried it
on for the four years of WWI,”
“This is going to be its last
Mr Manuel said the local com-
munity was generous with its
poppy and badge purchases and
“People always want to support
the RSL,” he said.
“The money goes to RSL Care
SA in Adelaide and is used to
look after veterans.”
Along with being a fundraiser,
Mr Manuel said the street stall is
also a chance for the RSL to con-
nect with the community.
“There’s so many people that
you don’t see for a long time and
you don’t realise their involve-
ment with veterans,” he said.
World War II veteran Howard
Hendrick – who volunteers on
the stall with other RSL members
said most locals have a connec-
tion to one of the wars.
“A lot of people have a story to
tell when we put a poppy in the
sign,” he said.
“Either it was their father or
uncle that they represent and they
“It’s amazing the connections
when people want to stop and
The RSL’s street stall and pop-
py display will be by the East
Terrace rotunda from today until
Friday, providing locals will a
final chance to contribute to the
Meanwhile, the RSL will host
its Remembrance Day service at
the Cross of Sacrifice, corner of
Tobruk and Kokoda terraces, on
Sunday at 10.45am.
“This time of the year is all
about remembering the people
that gave the ultimate sacrifice,”
Mr Manuel said.
“You not only remember the
soldiers that died and were
wounded, but you also remember
“The women at home were the
“The mothers, the wives or sis-
ters had to spend time nurturing
these guys and try to undo what
the war had done to them.”
Locals interested in laying a
wreath are asked to contact Mr
Manuel on 0407 602 140 to be
included in the service.
Following the service, the RSL
will host a morning tea for the
community at the Loxton RSL
Loxton RSL sub-branch president Robert Manuel and World War II veteran Howard Hendrick will be by
the East Terrace rotunda today through to Friday, selling poppies and badges ahead of Remembrance
Day on Sunday, encouraging locals to make a purchase or donation to have a poppy placed in the 100
sign in their honour. INSET: The sign in 2015, with a sparse covering of poppies.
MAIN PHOTO: Samantha Thomas
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