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Schools commemorate our ANZACs

3/5/2013
Students at Nagle College, Blacktown held a special ANZAC ceremony during the first week of Term 2
Students at Nagle College, Blacktown held a special ANZAC ceremony during the first week of Term 2

Catholic schools across the diocese have commemorated ANZAC Day with special ceremonies at their schools to recognise and remember the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who have served in the defence forces.

At St John’s Primary, Riverstone 33 students gathered at 5.15am on ANZAC Day morning to participate in the Riverstone Anzac Day Dawn Service and march with the school captains, Isabella Williams, Hayden Whiting and Emily Kunic, laying a wreath at the ceremony on behalf of their school.

Principal, Marian Bell said she was proud of the students’ involvement, especially considering that ANZAC Day fell during the school holidays.

‘I was very proud to march with the students and even prouder of the reverent way they took part in the ceremony,’ said Marian. ‘It was wonderful to see so many students and their families attend the Dawn Service and pay tribute to our ANZACs.’

On Tuesday 30 April, Christ the King Primary, North Rocks held a moving ANZAC ceremony attended by Alan Moffat OAM and Doug Mackay from Parramatta RSL. Student representatives from Kindergarten to Year 6 paid tribute to fallen soldiers by laying individual flowers at the ceremony to represent and remember those who have died in service of their country.

Principal, Annelise Stockey said the ceremony was an important experience for the students.

‘The morning was a wonderful way to remember the men and women who have served and are currently serving our nation and to continue to foster the spirit of the ANZACs in our community,’ said Annelise.  ‘We were very privileged to have Alan and Doug attend from the RSL and they spoke beautifully to the students of the ANZAC spirit born during World War I and how it continues today.’

Year 11 student, Paul Blackman from McCarthy Catholic College, Emu Plains has been awarded with the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship for his strong interest in the ANZAC tradition. Travelling to southeast Asia in June-July, Paul is one of 16 students from across NSW who will take part in a two week trek visiting significant sites of battle.

A member of the 21 Army Cadet Unit, Paul told the Penrith Press that he intends to join the Army when he completes his schooling and that he is honoured to have been awarded the scholarship.

Throughout the first week of term, other schools in the diocese also held services and liturgies to commemorate ANZAC Day.

33 students from St John's Primary, Riverstone attended the 5.15am Dawn Service at Riverstone
33 students from St John's Primary, Riverstone attended the 5.15am Dawn Service at Riverstone

 

 

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