Today the College held our own ANZAC Ceremony. Our Year 12 students braved the chill to attend the service, whilst our other year levels watched the service streamed live to their classrooms.
The ceremony was simple but reverent with our Principal Class and College Captains delivering the service.
Mr. Michael Ritchie (Principal) saluted not only the spirit of the ANZAC’s but, paid tribute to them, by asking our students to take the opportunity to dedicate ourselves to striving for our country as they did and upholding their finest qualities of courage, commitment, endurance and mateship.
Bethany, Jordan, James and Maddy recited the ANZAC Requiem.
Ms. Julie Parker (Assistant Principal Senior School) read a passage from 'The Story of the ANZAC' by C.E.W Bean. The passage recounted Captain Herbert Thomas Christopher Layh's (1885-1964) landing at Gallipoli on the first day of the campaign where he was shot twice, once in the hip and then in the leg as his boat grounded at Anzac beach. Of the 140 men in the four boats, only 3 officers and 36 men, many wounded, made the safety of the hummocks, the rest lay dead or dying behind them.
Mr. Luke Ellis (Assistant Principal Positive Climate) recited the Soldier's Prayer.
Almighty God whose command is over all, and whose love never fails, let me be aware of your presence, and obedient to your will. Help me accept my share of responsibility with a strong heart and cheerful mind. Make me considerate of those with whom I live and work, and faithful to the duties my country has entrusted to me. Let my uniform remind me daily of the tradition of the service in which I serve. When I am inclined to doubt, strengthen my faith. When I am tempted to sin, help me to resist. When I fail, give me courage to try again. Guide me with the light of your truth and keep before me the life and example of Jesus in whose name I pray. Amen
Mr. Andrew Pizaro (Assistant Principal Middle School) gave the tribute to the Fallen.
AS WE THAT ARE LEFT GROW OLD;
AGE SHALL NOT WEARY THEM,
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN
Our Flag Bearers; Declan Rowe (Year 7) and James Kelly (Year 7) were charged with the important role of lowering and raising of our flags.
To conclude the service our Captains laid a wreath on behalf of our students and staff.
Our thanks to all who participated and to our amazing students who showed respect and compassion beyond their years.