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Remembrance Day

13/11/2015
​At the 11th hour, on the 11th Day of the 11th month in the year 1918 the guns fell silent and the Great War finally came to an end. Over 60,000 Australian servicemen had died and more than 150,000 had been wounded during the four years of fighting.
 
Our school remembered these brave individuals, as well as all servicemen and women who have served our country, at the Remembrance Day assembly.  The Defence students presented a slideshow explaining why remembering the war dead does not glorify war but instead honours peace, and the Senior Ensemble performed a short piece called “Grant Us Peace.”
 
We saw pictures of the Commemorative Crosses which were completed by our Year 5 ad 6 students, and we found out that the War Memorial has sent those crosses to Australian War Cemeteries in Belgium and France.
 
Our guest speaker, Mr Len Matthews from the National Servicemen Association, told us a bit about our Sister School in Cottesmore, England, and the RAAF/RNZAF airmen who were buried there during WWII.  Then our Defence students laid a poppy wreath for each of those airmen as Cr Mick Gillam read out the names.
 
We had many special guests representing Federal, State and Local levels of government, RSL, NASHOES, Bray Park Police, Rivers Baptist Church and our Indigenous community. They all laid a floral wreath, followed by staff and student representatives. 
 
The students stood quietly for the Ode of Remembrance, Last Post, a Minutes Silence, the Rouse and a prayer.  Then we listened to the choir sing a beautiful song, written by local composer Mr Angus Woodhead, called “Lest We Forget”.  The concert band finished the service by playing the National Anthem and a memorial hymn, ‘Eventide’.
 
Many thanks go to all the students who brought in flowers to make the wreaths.  We had so many we were also able to put vases of flowers on the stage and around the hall.  Thanks also go to the staff members who helped with the organisation and setup, the afternoon tea for guests, and the cleaning up afterwards.
 
Special mention must go to all the students who participated in this assembly, from the student leaders who ran the assembly to the student musicians and the Defence students and wreath-bearers, for the wonderful job they did to make this a very moving ceremony for all involved.