ANZAC Day Service - Mornington Campus

Padua College VCAL students co-ordinated a commemorative service to mark the 102nd anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli on Monday 24 April. The student-centred service brought to mind the legend of the Spirit of ANZAC both past and present.

Our service began with Mr Banks welcoming the assembly, acknowledging Country and lighting Our Lord’s candle to remind us of His presence. Year 7 students Helena Haase, Ollie Lambe, Hudson Higgins and Olivia Higgins then took turns praying for those who have fought for our freedom and for an end to the conflict throughout the Middle East. 

Nick Ford, singing and playing guitar, continued our service with a touching rendition of ‘Only Nineteen’, by Redgum, which was closely followed by a beautifully spoken reflection of the ‘The Meaning of ANZAC’ by Tash Albers. Fin Spalding read out ‘The Ode’ and reminded us ‘Lest We Forget’ which led our bugler, Lewis Fitter, into the spine-tingling ‘The Last Post’; one minute silence, then ‘The Rouse’.

Milly Smith sang our National Anthem which was closely followed with Sophie Clinch asking us to join in with Our Lord’s Prayer. Milly then sang a breathtaking version of ‘Travellin’ Soldier’ by The Dixie Chicks, accompanied by Nick Ford on Guitar.

Throughout the service Calin MacLennan projected powerful images on the back wall of the stage, which enabled us to visualise the sacrifice made by our service men and women.

The reverence shown by our students assembled in the hall during the service was truly moving, as was our students’ ability to enable us to reflect and be proud of being part of the Paduan Community.

Thank you to Mr Ange Virgona, Mark Maddock, Ms Gina Reimers-Robinson and Ms Marcelle Ryan for their support and well done to the VCAL students who organised this wonderfully respectful event.

Deborah Arrowsmith
VCAL Teacher Team Year 11 and 12