ANZAC Day Service - Tyabb Campus

Tyabb Campus students and staff gathered in the hall on Monday 24 April for an ANZAC Day Service. We began with the Acknowledgement of Country, given by Fire Carrier, Alkira Barber (Year 10) followed by a Commemorative speech given by myself. The speech focused on the importance of upholding the spirit of the ANZACs and honouring not only those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our Country in the past, but also those who are currently deployed in military operations around the world.

As a way of honouring these men and women, eleven of my Year 10 History students presented a selection of readings from just some of the conflicts in which Australia has had military involvement; including the First and Second World Wars, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf Wars and Afghanistan. The readings included a medley of personal accounts from diaries and letters, poems and interviews. The students delivered the readings eloquently and with such dignity that it made us all proud. Similarly, the respect and reverence that the entire student body displayed as they watched the service, made us equally proud.

The remainder of the service included the Ode, the Last Post, a minutes silence and the Rouse played by Louis Fitter (Year 12 – Mornington) who kindly came across to Tyabb to provide this crucial part of our service. The service was brought to a close with Advance Australia Fair, Prayers of the Faithful and Our Father.

I would like to thank the following Year 10 students for volunteering to be part of this very special Australian tradition, Alkira Barber, Lila Hagai, Deanna Mammi, Charlie Posthuma, Jess Broatch-Jackson, Amelia Lewis, Olivia Kingston, Kurt Alaimo, Marcus Schaper, Lauren Cross and Harrison Bolten-Wade. I would also very much like to thank Louis Fitter, Ms Anne-Marie Wilkinson and Ms Gina Thompson for helping with preparations and all staff for their support in making our ANZAC Day Service a success.

Racheal Minos
Humanities/English Teacher