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ANZAC Day Assembly

25/04/2017
​Assembly Leaders: Prefects, Chloe and Denzel
Acknowledgement of Country: Tallis Martin
Anzac Altar Guard: Volunteer members of the army and air force cadets changed guard at appropriate intervals. The guard included Baden Atkins, Kaitlin Barton, William Cooke, Kyle Davis, Erin Emes, Jamie Emes, Shaun Farquharson, Chloe Hicks, Mykaila McIntosh, Elahna Penney and Kieran Pollett.
 
Royal National Anthem, God Save the Queen, performed by the school's vocal and instrumental ensembles.

School Captains' Speech

School Captains, Emery and Tess, began their address explaining the purpose of the Assembly: "not to celebrate or to glorify war, but to remember. To remember those of all nationalities who lost their lives serving their country, and reflect upon their selfless sacrifice." They continued by illustrating the experience of soldiers in the Third Battle of Ypres, more commonly known as Passchendaele and described by many as a 'senseless slaughter'.

Guest Speaker, Mr Kerry Shine

Mr Kerry Shine, former Member for Toowoomba North addressed the assembly about this day to reflect and remember all service men and women who died while serving our nations, but also as a day to pause in gratitude for the sacrifices of those before us and in thanks for our remarkable freedom.  He remembered the battle of Passchendaele, synonymous with suffering and waste, where over 30000 Australians fell - about the population of Toowoomba at the time. He reflected on the courage and enthusiasm shown by those who volunteer and the ordeal not only during warfare but also for those returning. He illustrated this with anecdotes from George Johnson's novel 'My Brother Jack' and his own experiences. He concluded by discussing the courage, resilience, optimism and sense of duty that rises through turmoil and disaster and asked that we do what we can to ensure that returning defence force personnel are treated decently and generously, in a manner befitting a grateful nation.
 
Iron Maiden's Road to Passchendaele, performed by the Vocal Ensemble.

Vice Captains' Speech

Maddy and Caleb provided context for the Battle of Passchendaele, describing the offensive from both British and German perspectives before the Australian infantry joined in the Battle of Menin Road in September 1917. They gave detail from that battle where four Australian divisions fought together, achieving notable success and justifying their ranking among the British army's crack units.
 
German and New Zealand National Anthems, performed by the Instrumental Ensemble.
Wreath laying, Last Post, minute silence and Reveille.
Australian National Anthem, performed by the Instrumental Ensemble.
 
Thanks to Mr Kerry Shine, Mr Chris Parker and all participants who helped bring us together to acknowledge Anzac Day in a very special and memorable way.