The Secondary ANZAC Service was held on 2nd May and was once again attended by representatives from the RSL, City of Wanneroo and Federal and State Parliament, Board Members and other VIPS. Residents from both Brightwater Madeley and Bethanie Warwick Retirement Villages also attended the event. Members of the community always comment on how moving the event is and also on the excellent behaviour of our students.
This year’s speaker was Pastor Franco Siani who is a Navy Chaplain based on HMAS Stirling, Garden Island as well as being a Kingsway Board member and parent at the College. He spoke on the spirit of ANZAC from a Christian perspective based on Philippians 3 verses 12-15. He outlined three Christ-like attitudes from the scripture which are in line with what we celebrate at ANZAC as well wise for us to embrace.
1. An attitude of being teachable, irrespective of rank, colour race and creed. Proverbs 12 v 15 says “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes: but he that listens to counsel is wise.”
2. Forget what is behind and reach to what is ahead. We need to learn from the past and not make the same mistakes but take the ANZAC spirit with us.
3. Perseverance and persistence. As Philippians 3 v 14 says, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
On the musical side the Senior Concert Band performed a rousing rendition of ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and the Vocal Ensemble sang ‘Abide with Me’ and guests were treated to music from the Strings in the foyer prior to the event. Once again we were privileged to have Lance Corporal David Scott play the Last Post and Reveille. He was a professional bugler for many years in the Australian Defence Force and is a grandfather at the College.
Bible readings were given by our College Captains, Nathan Brower and Annecke Botes and an ANZAC tribute poem ‘Gap in the Ranks’ was read by Venine Palm, Lauren Thomas and Emily Schinkel.
An excellent morning tea was prepared and served after the service by our Home Economics students and guests, staff and students enjoyed mingling and sharing stories in the staffroom.