The Secondary ANZAC Service was held on Friday 3rd of May and we had an excellent turn out of politicians and distinguished guests, including three who have been awarded an O.A.M.
Principal, Mr Burton welcomed everyone to the event and then we sang the National Anthem. Bible readers this year were Ilya Moukine and Yana Venter and an ANZAC tribute poem, Anthem for Doomed Youth was read by College Captain, Jessica Thomas. The Ode to the Fallen was read by College Captain, Caleb Stevens.
For the first time at a Secondary ANZAC event, bagpipe music was played by Pipe Corporal Ailsa Edwards during the laying of seven wreaths. Lance Corporal David Scott, a grandparent at the College was our bugle player once again for the formalities of the Last Post and Reveille during which the Cadets raised and lowered the flag to half mast.
Our speaker was Chaplain Paul Quicke, who spoke from the heart about a trip to the Areopagus in Greece where the Apostle Paul gave a famous sermon around 50 AD about the prevalence of idols in Greek culture. Paul Quicke then commented on the growing attention to ANZAC Day and how it has become spiritualised whilst there is a corresponding decline in attention to Easter. He reiterated that he is proudly Australian and reveres those who served in war, but said we need an Areopagus approach where we identify the positive and use it to point to what is better – Jesus who gave the greatest sacrifice.
The music contributions to the service were particularly memorable with Waltzing Matilda by the Senior Concert Band and I Still Call Australia Home by the Combined Vocal Ensemble.
The event was closed in prayer by Mrs Rebecca Coghill, Board Chair after which staff and invited guests were treated to a delectable spread put on by Mr Anton Zulch and the Hospitality students.