Our new ANZAC Memorial Garden
For those who were able to attend last Friday’s ANZAC ceremony in front of our recently renovated memorial garden, you couldn’t help being moved by the reverence and respect shown by the children.
It was clear to me that the message of the day was completely understood. Not one of glorification of war but one of deep respect and appreciation of the sacrifices made in times of war and conflict.
It is a great great privilege and pleasure to live in this wonderful country and we are deeply indebted to those who fought and continue to fight for the freedom we hold so dearly.
LEST WE FORGET
Message from the Principal, Mark Soldani
When we think of ANZAC Day we think about the landing at Anzac Cove on 25 April 1915. This year is the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli in World War 1.
The brave soldiers who fought at Gallipoli demonstrated courage and endurance in the face of failure and despair. They had meant to land on a flat beach, but instead they had a tough and dangerous struggle to climb up the beach as the Turkish troops rained shells and gunfire down onto them from the top of the cliff.
The courageous spirit the soldiers demonstrated in the face of death has helped to shape our country.
Grade One students have been looking at images and discussing the meaning of ANZAC
. They learned how to choose and upload images to the internet and create a collage on ‘Be Funky’
Here are their completed collages.
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Our whole school also commemorated ANZAC DAY with a special ceremony and placed poppies in a special ANZAC garden. Look for a post about this next week.
Traditionally, on the 25th April every year, we honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli during World War I.
Throughout the years it has become a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand – a day which commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders who have served and died in all wars or peacekeeping operations.
The picture below shows Year 6 students James and Isabelle with the Geelong Mayor, Darren Lyons, at the schools’ Anzac Service at Johnstone Park. James and Isabelle represented our school community and laid a wreath to commemorate those who gave their lives to protect our country.
Year 3 student, Sansa, was moved to write a short story on Storybird to recognise the sacrifice these soldiers made for us.