On the last Wednesday morning of Term 1, in lovely Autumn sunshine, our school commemorated Anzac Day.
Our Head Girl, Daya, read from John:15 and our Head Boy, Josh, read Kemal Ataturk’s wonderful Tribute.
While the school assembly faced west, Josh and Daya laid a wreath at the foot of the flag pole and later in the service Josh lowered the flag to the Last Post and, after a two minute silence, Daya raised it to the Reveille. Throughout the service the whole school sang four hymns: I vow to thee my country, Abide with me, O God our help in ages past and The Recessional – God of our fathers known of old.
Commander Patrick Quain gave the Anzac commemoration speech. After the service he addressed the Primary students on the benefits of listening to one another and trying to understand our adversary’s position as better than picking fights to redress problems.
Many people think that weapons are technologically cool , said Commander Quain, but in the end, weapons simply make it easier for people to injure, maim and kill others.
Adopting a diplomatic approach to solving issues between countries, populations and neighbours was always more constructive, he said.
Photos: Ann-Maree Moodie