The 2017 Secondary ANZAC Service was held on 28th April and was attended by the RSL, local politicians, members of Brightwater Madeley Retirement Village and Board and Life members as well as our own staff and students.

The music was provided by our Senior Vocal Ensemble who sang a moving range of items including the National Anthem, ‘I Still Call Australia Home’ and ‘Heal’. Bible reading were done by College Captain Liam Jackson and Vice-Captain Matthew Bates. In a new tradition at the College, which began last year, Alexandra Wolff of Year 11 read her original ANZAC Tribute poem entitled ‘From Gallipoli to Lone Pine’. 

Guest speaker this year was Michael O’Neill of Voce Seminary. He gave a most thought-provoking address around the ‘What if question’. What if the armed forces had not answered the call to stand up to evil and do what they did? If they didn’t do what they did could we be what we are? Their service was on our behalf and because of that we can enjoy our wonderful life in Australia. The ANZAC motto is ‘Lest we forget’ and we owe a debt of remembering and acknowledging those who served. There is a parable between ANZAC and the story of Jesus with the service and suffering of one for many. Jesus gave his life on our behalf and we receive the blessing.

After this the wreaths were laid and Mr Irwin Palmer, played the Last Post and Reveille. Portia Hartley Turner of Year 11read the Ode to the Fallen. The event was then closed in prayer by Board Chair Mrs Rebecca Coghill.

Afterwards staff, selected students and guests enjoyed chatting over an excellent tea served by our Home Economics students.