Yesterday, 24th April, our whole school participated in a mini ANZAC Day service.
Councillor Graham J Christie, a Veitnam Veteran, attended and was Master of Ceremony throughout the service. Students from Grade 5 and 6 did selected readings in preparation for today’s official ceremonies. Some other students had undertaken private research related to ANZAC Day and also shared their personal thoughts and stories with us.
We heard the bugle play the “Last post” and then we all observed one minute silence. Following that, the bugle played “Reveille“, a tune that symbolises a new day, a new beginning and moving forwards in peace.
The Grade 3/4 students were extremely fortunate to have had Angelica’s dad, Warrant Officer Class 2, Peter Daniels, who visited our classes and talked about his 28 years of service in the Australian Army. Using a map of the world, Peter showed us where he had been posted during various missions. He showed photographs from when he was a young soldier in training and also brought along his medals, explaining the meaning of what each medal represented, and why he had received them all. We found out many interesting facts and Peter answered a range of interesting questions that were asked.
We thank both of our special visitors for coming to Point Lonsdale Primary School and helping us to understand, learn and recognise the great significance that ANZAC Day represents. It was truly an honour to have them both visit our school.
Other students including Tanika, Angus, Eliza, Livia, Nellie, Tarshie, George and Grace brought along historical artifacts, medals and stories about relatives who have served our country or been directly affected by war.
Thank-you to all the students who, with their families, attended the Dawn service this morning or who marched in the Parade. Thank-you also for those who brought along flowers for the beautiful wreaths that have been laid at the base of our flagpole and at the local cenotaph.
Lest We Forget
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What does ANZAC Day mean to you?
In the weeks leading up to ANZAC Day, what has been the most important thing that you have learnt?
With your understanding, what do you think is meant by the Aussie Spirit?