On 4th May, the Secondary ANZAC service was held in the Auditorium for the first time. The Principal, Peter Burton, welcomed members of the RSL and Brightwater Retirement community, special guests, members of the Board, staff and students to the service and opened in prayer. The National Anthem was led by Cherith Miller and the Senior Concert Band played Mansions of the Lord ‘We are Soldiers’.
Siobhan Martin read Psalm 23 and Luca Formaggio read Romans 5:6-8. Mr Burton introduced the guest speaker, Chaplain Scott Norman, who shared a little about his early life. He then gave some history of the ANZACs who fought in the First World War at Gallipoli, paying tribute to them and all the soldiers since then who have made great sacrifices to ensure the freedom, safety and security enjoyed today. Chaplain Norman encouraged everyone present to have the same qualities of the ANZAC spirit as they face everyday challenges: having a clear purpose and direction in life, accepting responsibility for everything they do, and having compassion and selflessness (mateship) evidenced by caring for others.
After Leah Chester-Browne read her Tribute Poem, ‘The End of the 100’, Mr Burton then invited guests onto the stage to lay the wreaths. Lance Corporal David Scott played the ‘Last Post’ as the Cadet leaders raised and lowered the flag. Megan Da Camara read ‘Ode to the Fallen’, followed by a minute’s silence and Lance Corporal Scott playing the ‘Reveille’. After the Senior Vocal Ensemble sang the ‘Peace Prayer’, the service was closed in prayer by Mrs Rebecca Coghill, Board Chair.
Following the service, guests and staff were invited to enjoy a delicious tea prepared and served by members of the Home Economics and Hospitality students in the Foyer.