The 100th Anniversary Secondary ANZAC Service was held on Friday 24th April and was once again attended by representatives from the RSL, City of Wanneroo and Federal Parliament, Board Members and other VIPS. Residents from both Brightwater Madeley and Bethanie Warwick Retirement Villages also attended the event.
This year’s speaker was Brigadier Jim Wallace AM from the Australian Christian Lobby. Brigadier Wallace noted that the purpose of ANZAC Day is not to glorify war which is tragic consequence of a fallen world. Wars bring out the best and worse in men and women and we commemorate the best. He reiterated the attributes of courage and commitment mentioned in his previous talk to the College and said that a sense of adventure might have made young men join up but it was not what kept them in the battle; it was courage and commitment that kept them there. He spoke of the Christ-like attributes of how the ANZACS behaved and told the story of the unselfishness of Corporal Connell in WW2 who drew the enemy fire when he was wounded and told his men to leave him and when they ignored him ran at the gun and gave his life to save his friends. Mateship is part of what made us good in battle.
On the musical side the Senior Concert Band performed a stirring version of ‘Waltzing
Matilda’ and the Vocal Ensemble sang ‘The Last to Leave’ 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 and is a grandfather at the College. This year a special touch was that both he and his grand-daughter, Jasmin-J Bartlett of Year 6 laid wreaths.
Bible readings were given by our College Captains, Joel Offereins and Julia Oh and an ANZAC tribute poems were read by Brandon Slomp and Kayla Bellanca.
After the service and excellent morning tea was served by our Home Economics students and guests, staff and students enjoyed mingling and sharing stories in the staffroom.