Remembrance Day – the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month

remembrance day ceremony

Today the entire school walked to the Reflection Space in the centre of Hawkesdale. A number of community members, including local council member, Jim Doukas, and staff and students from the Pre-School also attended.

The Moyne Shire Youth Councillors capably led the service, which included:

  • Recitation of ‘In Flanders Fields‘ poem
  • A commemorative address
  • Laying of the wreaths
  • Ode to the Fallen
  • The Last Post led into the one minute’s silence, followed by the Rouse.
  • The Australian flag was lowered as Ode to the Fallen was played and raised again as The Last Post was played.

student leaders and flowers

kinder kids

Girls Football

the team

Last Friday saw the VCAL students organise a Girls’ Football match as part of their studies. Girls from Year 7 through to Year 12 formed two teams and under the guidance of two VCAL umpires played an afternoon match. Surprisingly for many, the girls were quite skilled and an enjoyable game was held. The oval was quite muddy after the recent rains and rain fell in the last quarter but this did not deter the girls from their enjoyment and involvement.

Well done to all concerned!

kicking the footy shannon

Anzac Day Ceremony

 

IMG_1061Our  ceremony began with our two junior school captains carrying the Australian Flag across the stage, draping it over the steps leading up to the stage and then standing beside the flag.

The program was as follows:

    1. Welcome and introduction by Mr Ralph
    2. ANZAC Requiem (In memory of the Fallen) presented by Ruby and Elektra
    3.  P-6 students, then 7-12 students/staff/parents came forward to lay their flowers on the flag –  symbolic of the beauty that exists in the world around us, and of respect to those who are no longer able to enjoy that beauty.
    4. Sarah  read The Ode (traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony;They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
      Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
      At the going down of the sun and in the morning
      We will remember them.
    5. Students listened to the Last Post, then observed one minute of silence – heads bowed –  at the conclusion of the Ode)
    6. REVEILLE  was played as heads were raised … note that flags are raised to full mast at this point in proceedings
    7.  Kailyn  – recited ‘In Flanders Fields’ (poetry is another traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony):
    8. The Classroom Work was demonstrated (see below)
    9. Closing remarks by principal Colan Distel explaining the significance of the Lone Pine and the tree that has been donated to the school by the Moyne Shire

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P/1       Mrs Davey                           Poppies … students place on stage Explanation by HARRISON

1/2       Mrs Brown                           Soldiers and writing pieces … class will hold up Explanation by REGAN or TYSON

3/4       Mr Huglin                            Gallipoli mural … class holds up Explanation by class

4/5       Mrs McCartney                   Cardboard wreaths … displayed Explanation by BAILEY

5/6       Mrs Butters                          School Honor Roll; ex-scholars and local

Hawkesdale residents who enlisted in the Great War … students read out individual biographies of those included on the roll; play Thalia Ubergang’s PhotoStory about the Gallipoli Landings

Please listen to the research from our year 5 and 6s

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School Anzac Day Commemoration

150 poppies made by the students

150 poppies made by the students

In this centenary of the Gallipoli Landing, our school will hold an ANZAC Day commemoration on Friday, April 24th. The commemoration will be held in the College stadium beginning at 10:15am. Students from a number of year levles will be involved in public speaking at this event and a range of classroom work will be on display during the course of the commemoration.

Students are invited to bring a flower or a posy of flowers from home, to be laid on the Australian flag during the course of our school ceremony. These flowers will be collected following the commemoration and then presented and laid at the Hawkesdale Memorial Hall during the ocmmunity ANZAC ceremony to be held at 6am on Saturday the 25th.

Parents, friends and relations of students are invited to join us to commemorate ANZAC day on Friday, 24th.

Christmas Plum Pudding Orders

puddings header

It is that time of the year, when our Parents Club and Community get busy preparing and cooking our popular Christmas Plum Puddings. Orders are now being taken for these Plum Puddings. Please fill in the online form below with your orders by Novebmer 18th. All orders are to be collected from the school (ph 0355607225), given to a student or negotiated with either Alison or Marlene from the Parents Group for delivery.

Remembrance Day

The School Wreath

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, our school will maintain a minute’s silence as part of their Remembrance Day Ceremony at the Hawkesdale Reflection centre in the centre of our small town. This  ceremony  will take on special significance as we enter the year of the centenary of the start of World War I. Community members are also invited to attend this service which is organised by the Student Leadership Team and Ms Van Englen and Mr Huglin. The team has met at lunchtimes.

Lunchtime meeting

Lunchtime meeting

The program will be as follows:

  • Introduction by one of the students
  • Recitation of “In Flanders Fields”
  • Commemorative address (Sarah)
  • Wreath Laying by school and community groups/individuals
  • “The Ode for the Fallen” Recitation
  • Playing of the Last Post, followed by the Rouse
  • Singing of our National Anthem

Victorian Schools Cycling Championship 2014

On Sunday 17th August, Josh Tanner and James Coomber competed in the Mountain Bike event at the You Yang Ranges. Both boys competed in tough categories and were focused and well prepared.

This was Josh’ first competitive mountain bike race and he was very impressive. James competed in his second solo mou8ntain bike event against 3 national champions in an age group above his category. This was a big step and challenge for him and he stayed with a group of 3 riders for the whole race with a sprint between the 3 of thme to the finish linke. James placed in the top 10 our o 20 riders – a fantastic result. Well done boys!

On Wednesday 20th Auguas, Caitlin Morden, James Coomber and Ross Anderson competed in the road event in Ballarat. The icy weather conditions made for a tough race but all 3 students improved on last year’s races with James and Caitlin making it through to the State final in Bendigo in October. A great effort from all riders. All the best, James and Caitlin in the state final races.

cycling

School ANZAC Day Traditions

Students make poppies

Students make poppies

Anzac Day is a special day on the calendar for Australian and New Zealand residents. It is commemorated with a public holiday on April 25th. Our school has been involved in a number of activities to also celebrate this event.

Our annual school Anzac Day service was held this afternoon with all students and staff, together with some community members in attendance.

Our program went as follows:-

  1.  Welcome and Introduction by our Assistant Principal, Mr Ralph
  2. ANZAC Requiem (In memory of the Fallen): by Sarah, one of our student leaders
  3. P-6 students, then 7-12 STUDENTS – Laying of flowers – symbolic of the beauty that exists in the world around us, and of respect to those who are no longer able to enjoy that beauty
  4. Caitlyn (a student leader) read The Ode (a traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony)
  5. They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
    Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun and in the morning
    We will remember them.
  6. Playing of the Last Post
  7. One minute of silence
  8. Reveille 
  9. Belinda (a student leader)  read ‘In Flanders Fields’ (poetry which is another traditional element of every ANZAC Day and Remembrance Day ceremony)
  10. The National Anthem
  11. Waltzing Matilda
Flowers lay on our Australian flag

Flowers lay on our Australian flag

A special Dawn Service will take place in Hawkesdale at 6:00am tomorrow. The flowers will all be taken to the Reflection Space for this ceremony.

Further activities:-
Students in a number of classes baked Anzac Biscuits.  The wonderful aroma wafted through the corridors and they tasted even better than they smelt (or looked). See one of the popular recipes 

Popular Anzac biscuits

Popular Anzac biscuits