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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Our special Anzac Day Ceremony

Students paid tribute especially to all Australia men and women for all our men and women who have fought and died in all wars. Our school held a  solemn ceremony of remembrance, gratitude and national pride in tribute especially to our Anzac soldiers. Amongst the readings was a tribute read out by Jemma from grade 6 who shared her research into her great grandfather’s involvement in World War 1. Year 6 students had spent a lot of time researching the Wars and their impact on those who were involved.

Floral tributes adorn the flag draped steps

Towards the end of this special service, a year 10 airforce reserve student laid an Australian flag over the steps to our stadium stage. Each year level was individually called forward and students laid flowers on the flag. This was a very moving feature of our ceremony. It was completed by the singing of our national anthem, led by the grade 6 choir.