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.

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

Anzac Linkup via Polycom with Lismore PS

On Monday 22nd April, Years 5 and 6 had a special Polycom linkup with Lismore Primary School, another small rural school, over an hour’s drive from us. Both schools had been researching Australia’s involvements in past wars.  Five students spoke about a relative who had been involved in a war. As Lismore students had created a movie of some of their interviews with past war veterans, they shared the movie presentation using the Smart boards. It was wonderful to share what each school had learnt with each other.

One of our students brought along her great Grandfathers army blazer, complete with badges and medals. This was proudly shared with each class together with the accompanying story.

Students have found 11 relatives who we will find on the Honour Roll at the Australian War Memorial when the students go to Canberra later this year.

World War 2 Army Jacket

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.

Dawn Anzac Day Service in Hawkesdale

School captains pay respect

School captains pay respect

It was with  grateful thanks and a sense of national pride that more than 150 community members including many of our Hawkesdale P12 College community  attended the Dawn Anzac Day service at Hawkesdale.  Anzac Day is a day and time for reflection, to acknowledge those who have fought in wars to defend our country.  According to our Australian War Memorial site

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The soldiers in those forces quickly became known as ANZACs, and the pride they took in that name endures to this day.

It is 98 years since the Anzacs landed in Gallipoli. Hawkesdale now has a reflection space as part of its main streetscaping. This is the second year that a Dawn service has been held.  More than 200 people attended. The scout and cub group had a sleepover at the local hall and were in force  as part of the gathering. An ANZAC requiem, Reflection Poem – Ode to the Anzacs by K. K. Linton, an ANZAC prayer, a student reflection and the Ode were read by Hawkesdale P12 College students and members of the Scout group. Wreaths were then laid by community groups and community members. The service finished with the Last Post, a one minute silence and finally the Reveille or Rouse as the flag was raised by the scouts. After our national anthem, the flag was lowered to half mast until lunchtime.

anzac day

At the end of the service HADDAC (Hawkesdale and District Development Action Committee) offered a sausage in bread, hot drinks and anzac biscuits to those who attended.