Poppies on the REC Avenue of Honour bloomed just in time for our Remembrance Day commemoration on 11 November.
Staff and students gathered in the Rob Mutton Courtyard where Year 12 captain and MC Darcy S welcomed official guests: Governing Council Chairperson Barry Temme, Jordan Riley, the representative for Federal Member for Kingston Amanda Rishworth MP and Nat Cook MP, the State Member for Hurtle Vale.
The Senior vocal ensemble performed Spirit of the Anzacs, Year 3 and 4 students shared their acrostic poems about military heroes past and present and R-2 students sang The Green and the Gold. Barry Temme then led two students form each year level in a planting of crosses to represent Australian soldiers killed in WW1. As they planted the College Band played; this was followed by the combined choir’s rendition of We Stand Together.
Year 9 Global Studies students shared their learning when writing a Simpson Prize essay on “How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?”
This was followed by a poignant speech from Global Studies Coordinator Michael Ferris about the sense of déjà vu while remembering the end of WW1 and the Spanish Flu pandemic. The combined deaths from the flu and the war was shocking, but led to a practical community spirit that served us well into World War 2 and beyond. He encouraged us to remember the sacrifice of those before us, while choosing to stand together today.
After the laying of the wreaths and reading of the Ode, bugler Danielle Clark played the Last Post and Reveille while the flag was lowered and raised. 2020 marks the 15th year that Danielle has played for us.
Parents were unable to attend this year, but we thank the ICT team and media arts student Millie K for their hard work in the set up and delivery of a live stream so our community could watch from home.
If you missed it, you can watch the assembly video here:video
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