Holsworthy High School has honoured the spirit of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at a special assembly where Damien Thomlinson, former Australian Army Commando and Afghanistan war veteran, spoke to students about the strength in resilience.
One of the two remaining survivors of the Kokoda campaign, 95-year-old veteran Reg Chard, also spoke to students about the honour of serving Australia.
Students from the school will attend the Games in Sydney from 20-27 October as part of the NSW Department of Education’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project. The project gives NSW public school students a unique opportunity to learn about the healing power of sport and secure tickets to attend.
Mr Thomlinson is a former Australian Invictus Games competitor and star of Survivor.
Mark Scott, Secretary of the Department of Education, said: “We are thrilled to provide Holsworthy High School students with this chance to see the Australian Invictus Games competitors up close in action.”
“Tenacity and the honour of serving Australia are some of the most important lessons our students can learn.
“The Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Education Project challenges students to understand the human spirit and recognise that by supporting each other they are better and happier together. It also encourages students to become better citizens and to be more aware of the needs of others.”
The principal of Holsworthy High School,Mark Watkins, said the Invictus Games carries powerful messages sure to resonate with students for years to come.
“Learning about the Invictus Games is so important for the students at Holsworthy High School,” he said. “Central themes of the Games are inclusivity, physical health and overcoming adversity – lessons necessary for all of us to tackle what life throws at us head-on.”