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ANZAC Assembly

​Megan and Zoe laying wreaths at the ANZAC Memorial Garden
​The Bray Park State School ANZAC Assembly was held on Tuesday 21st April at 2:00pm in the hall.  The assembly opened with Ms Mortlock welcoming all our special guests.  Our state MP Nikki Boyd and representatives from the RSL, the NASHOES, Bray Park Police, Rivers Baptist Church, the P&C and Bunyabilla Inc all attended this special event.
School Captain Zoe and Uncle Rodney from Bunyabilla gave the Acknowledgement of Country which was followed by the school band performing the New Zealand and the Australian national anthems.
The Defence Students presented a slideshow which focused on the 100th Anniversary of the Gallipoli Campaign.  Featured in the slideshow were three Australian soldiers who gave their lives for our country - Private Lanser, Private Simpson and Private Mack. Then Mr Avery from the RSL addressed the assembly and told us some very interesting facts about his own time in the armed forces, and some history of the involvement of indigenous soldiers during WWI.
Mrs Adams came to the microphone to acknowledge and remember the 19 Australian and New Zealand airmen from WWII who are buried in a small graveyard near our sister school, St Nicolas CEVA, in Cottesmore, England.  The wreath-laying ceremony then followed, with special guests, student and staff representatives coming forward to place flowers at the foot of the Memorial Cross.
27 Indigenous students then laid a sprig of rosemary at the cross and stood on the stage, each one proudly wearing a badge bearing the name of a Queensland-born Indigenous WWI Serviceman who died during WWI.  This was a very moving part of the assembly as we then heard the Ode of Remembrance, The Last Post, and stood quietly for one minute to pay respect to all the servicemen and women who have given their lives for Australia.
The assembly concluded with a War Song Medley, presented by the Senior Choir and Ukulele Group.  The school band then played a memorial hymn as special guests transferred the wreaths to our Memorial Garden and later enjoyed afternoon tea on the deck of the library.
Many thanks to everyone who played a part in the planning and running of this special Assembly - school leaders Megan, Zoe, Tamara, Chelsea and Marcus who ran the assembly; staff and parents who donated flowers and constructed the beautiful wreaths; wreath bearers; special guests; office staff who organised the afternoon tea; Defence students who participated in the slideshow presentation; music students and teachers from band and choir and ukulele groups who performed so beautifully; Indigenous students and teachers who organised the QLD Indigenous Fallen segment of the assembly; the talented Ms Howard in the sound box; and all students, staff, parents and carers who attended.