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Anzac Day Assembly

21/04/2016
cadets

​Jess Liddelow welcomed students and guests to the 2016 Harristown State High School ANZAC Commemorative service. 

The ceremony began with the singing of the Royal National Anthem, God Save the Queen, as performed by the school’s vocal and instrumental ensembles. and with the acknowledgement of country and indigenous servicemen and women by Savannah Orcher.

School Captain Alex Hohn spoke about Anzac Day as a day of remembrance: "We remember our ANZACs who served and died in war and how their spirit with its qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice, continues to have meaning and relevance for our sense of national identity. This Anzac Day we will be concentrating on the roles that Australian Women play in war."

Alex and Chloe Ledger then described the many roles women played in the World Wars. 

Year 12 student and an active member of the Australian Navy Cadets, Breanna Brett spoke of her experiences in the cadet program and the many opportunities women have to lead and be active participants in the Defence Forces.

The vocal ensemble performed Vera Lynn’s White Cliffs of Dover. Written in 1941 by Walter Kent with lyrics by Nat Burton, The White Cliffs of Dover" was a popular World War II song made famous by Vera Lynn with her 1942 version.

School Vice-Captains, Scott and Brittania, shared four stories of brave women Sister Claire Trestrail, a WWI nurse, Judy Finlay, a member of the Women’s Land Army in WWII, Linda Corbould, a retired officer of the Royal Australian Air Force and lastly Captain Jennifer Wittwer, an Australian Naval Officer.

Out of respect for the fallen Turks who’ve expressed their respect for fallen Australians and the New Zealander Soldiers who fought alongside of our brave Australian men and women, the assembly stood for the playing of the Turkish and New Zealand National Anthems.

School leaders and guests placed flowers at the field alter to symbolise our respect for those who have lost their lives in service of their country and students stood for the Last Post, minute silence and Reveille.

Thank you to our special guests, along with cadets, teachers, and students for their valuable participation in the school's commemorative ANZAC service.

 

Notice:

Any student wanting to march in the ANZAC Day ceremony on Monday (25th April) need to meet at the Drayton Hall,  Brisbane St at 6:45am. You need to be in full formal uniform to represent the school. Any questions please see Mrs Clarry in A002 on Friday.