Posted on 26 April 2019
Ormiston College staff and students, plus special guests, Mr Paul Oates from the Cleveland RSL Branch and Redlands Councillor Tracey Huges, attended a special ANZAC Day commemoration service on Wednesday 24 April.
Students appreciated the solemnity of the occasion, recognising the many sacrifices made by our fellow Australians. Those gathered in the Somerset Sports Centre listened to an address delivered by Mr Oates and were reminded that the freedom we enjoy in Australia has been bravely defended by those who have served our country. Mr Oates also explained to the assembly the significance of medals in representing the sacrifices made in defence of our Country and the honour and protocol of wearing them.
Mr Oates speech was followed by a heartfelt and moving performance by our OC singers of Innocent Victims and Year 8 student Charlotte Slade-Smith’s recital of the poem Please Wear a Poppy.
Headmaster Brett Webster, Mr Oates and students then went forward to lay wreaths and books while our OC Chorale sung Flanders Field.
This was followed by School Community Prefect, Kristina van Schie’s, recital of The ANZAC Ode. Alumni, Xavier Bradford (Class of 2018), then performed The Last Post. The ceremony closed after the observation of the one-minute silence.
On ANZAC Day, Ormiston College Prefects represented the College at the Dawn Service, which was held at the Cleveland Cenotaph. Later in the morning, students from the Junior School joined the local community in the ANZAC Day march.