Kingsway Christian College has been running ANZAC services since 1989 to commemorate this pivotal event in the Australian calendar. Guests include WW2 veterans from neighbouring retirement villages, State and Federal politicians, school Principals and members of the RSL. Guest speaker this year was Dr Peter Christofides from VOSE and he gave an impassioned address reminding us of how those who have given their lives for us have spoken to us by their acts of love.
Elisha Hammond read her original ANZAC poem entitled ‘A New Dawn.’ Her poem was chosen from a number of student entries and was published in the programme. Elisha and John Matthews also visited Brightwater Madelely during the school holidays to take part in their own ANZAC service with a rendition of their poems. Among other highlights, Waltzing Matilda was exquisitely performed by students, accompanied by Ms Davina Chung and Grandparent Lance Corporal David Scott looked resplendent in military uniform as he played the ‘Reveille’ on the bugle.
To coincide with the ANZAC Service held at Kingsway Christian College on Friday 29th April, students from the Primary and Secondary Visual Art classes joined together to create a reflective Art installation. This was the brainchild of then Acting Head of the Arts, Ms Tammy Krysyna. Over one thousand handmade ceramic and fabric poppies were showcased providing a powerful display, as a symbol of community, unity and our gratitude to all those who made sacrifices for our freedom. The Poppy theme was continued through on the programme as well as the banner in the gym, the ANZAC tribute video and the student Vocal Ensemble’s song ‘In Flanders Fields’.
The Poppy is a vivid yet fragile flower that is a well-known symbol of remembrance. Each student was given clay, tools and a template to work with. They rolled, cut and manipulated the basic poppy shape to give it an organic and unique quality. Students personalised each poppy by creating various patterns and styles to each clay piece. Each Poppy was dried, fired and painted and embellished with black buttons before being mounted onto wire.
Prior to the ANZAC Service all our guests were invited to come and view the art installation piece and reflect on the spirit of ANZAC with its qualities of courage, mateship, community and sacrifice.
Principal Mr. Peter Burton acts as MC and was asked why these events are important:
"Students looking into the eyes of war veterans whilst listening to their stories first-hand provides such a rich experience which creates an appreciation and understanding far greater than any textbook can offer," he replied.