Last Thursday we paid tribute to the fallen and all who have served our country during our annual Anzac Day service.
The 154 children of Defence force members formed a sombre column as they entered the hall and came forward to place white doves on our Trees of Remembrance. Many of them wore the medals of their parents. We also had representatives of each year level lay a wreath.
Our very passionate teacher, Mr Matt Kurth, led us through the ceremony, with readings and reflections from the students of 6K.
One of the most moving parts of the ceremony was an address by Sean Mulqueen, a former serviceman who most recently served in Afghanistan. Sean reminded us that there are no winners in war and while we lost soldiers in battle, many are still fighting battles now that they have returned home.
We were also lucky enough to have Stuart Jones, one of our Active Service parents, play the Last Post and Reveille on his bugle. The ceremony was finished off with our Junior and Senior choirs singing a song written by teacher Mr Kurt Bryant (lyrics by Ken Bunker) called “The Other Side”.
A big thank-you must go to Mr Kurth for another very moving and emotional ceremony, to 6K for their presentations, our Defence Transition Aides, Liz and Jess for organising morning tea and the Defence students, to our special guests for their contributions, to Mrs Kat Bryant for conducting the choir and Mr Bryant for writing such a special song. Here is a link to a montage of the ANZAC Ceremony at FGSS.