PRIVATE VISIT: Class 5DW with Private Ian Johnston (back) and teacher Bob Dance-Wilson.
PRIVATE VISIT: Class 5DW with Private Ian Johnston (back) and teacher Bob Dance-Wilson. Supplied

Students treated to Private visit

STUDENTS were treated to an audience with Private Ian Johnston when he returned to visit his former school Centaur Public School last week.

Years 5 and 6 students had the opportunity to listen to Private R3R Johnston talked about his life in the army.

Mr Johnston, currently based in Sydney, has kept in touch with his teacher Bob Dance-Wilson who he said helped to make him the man he is today.

Mr Dance-Wilson said having Mr Johnston visit and speak helped give students perspective of the reality of being in the armed forces.

“It brings forward the reality of the responsibility and commitment it takes to serve in any of the forces,” he said.

The students listened as Mr Johnston explained what a soldier’s daily routine involved, likening it to his days at school.

Mr Johnston answered a variety of questions and spoke of the loss of his good friends in Afghanistan, the discipline of training and encouraged the students to work hard, listen to their teachers and follow orders.

When inevitably asked about weapons he replied: “The best type of gun is one that works but one you don’t need to fire.

“None of us want to take a life.”

Mr Johnston is hoping to return to Centaur Public School in time for Anzac day to help the children pay their respects.



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