On Friday 8 November 2018 we celebrated the 100 Year Anniversary of Armistice Day with a very special Remembrance Day Service at our very own ANZAC Memorial Garden on the top playground.
Many thanks must go to Mr Maxwell who put many hours of dedication into creating the vision for this service. To honour the occasion we were joined by members of Parliament (Senator Deborah O’Neill, Lucy Wicks – the Federal Member for Robertson, Adam Crouch, the State member for Terrigal and Anne Carlton, the Labor candidate for Robertson), parents, grandparents, members of our Parish and serving and retired members of the Armed Forces.
The National Service Re-enactment Unit, led by Captain David Myers, also took part in the service providing an extra level of respect including a Catafalque Party to stand guard at our memorial during the service.
During the service Finn G in Year 4 shared the history of three of his ancestors who all landed at Gallipoli but were killed in action. Many other students have also completed research projects on members of their families who served in the Armed Forces and they will share these stories over the next twelve months at each Monday assembly before the National Anthem and raising of the flag.
At the conclusion of the service Fr Paul blessed our Lone Pine tree, which is a descendant of the original Lone Pine in Turkey, in our new Lone Pine memorial garden. Many thanks must also go to John Lovell and Peter McNeill for the their assistance in creating this new garden.