|Middle School students moved by ANZAC spirit - 30 April 2015|
As part of our Middle School Curriculum, our Year 7-9 students have experienced a memorable week, where they were able to participate in, reflect and commemorate the 100 years of ANZAC history.
On Monday 20 April, we participated in an ANZAC service as part of our Middle School Assembly. Students and staff were moved by the stories, liturgy and music. It was spine-tingling in the theatre when the lights were turned off and we stood quietly for the Last Post. A very special thank you to Jessica Pickett in Year 9 who played the snare drum, our Middle School leaders, Grace, Riley, Konstantina and Lucy who led the liturgy and our Hospitality leaders, Kirra, Georgia and Miranda for their support. A very special thank you to Mrs West who wrote and organised our ANZAC service and congratulations to the Middle School students who participated with respect and dignity.
On Thursday 23 April, Mrs McClure took nine Middle School students to the Shrine of Remembrance at ANZAC Square to lay a wreath as part of Brisbane’s Commemoration Ceremony for School Students.
The girls who attended – Lucy Hill, Georgia Andrew, Ella Bourke, Yolanda Williams, Lucy Gallagher, Grace Nakamura, Konstantina Doyle, Georgie Tutt and Tallulah Tutt – should be commended on the way they conducted themselves and represented the College at this significant event.
On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 April, 200 Year 9 students, staff and parents participated in Camp Gallipoli. Camp Gallipoli was a once in a lifetime opportunity for all Queenslanders to come together on the 100th anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli to sleep out under the stars as the original ANZACs did 100 years ago. Camp Gallipoli provided an opportunity for Year 9 LHC students to support ANZAC day as participants rather than spectators. We slept out under the stars, ate in a mess hall and enjoyed each other’s company.
There was a concert, special guests, movies, documentaries, great food and a very special Dawn Service on ANZAC day itself. We were woken at 4:45am by the iconic sound of the bugle.
Our Middle School student leaders have provided the following reflection on what was clearly a very special experience for all involved:
“Camp Gallipoli was, overall, an unforgettable experience and a night full of special ANZAC spirit. The concerts, performances, movie screening and incredible Dawn Service tied together to create a spectacular evening where all were able to join with and commemorate those who landed on the shores of Gallipoli a century ago. Sleeping under the stars, though chilly, was a great way to gain insight into what the diggers’ lives were like and how the ANZAC spirit was born.”
We are so proud of the 200 Year 9 students who attended Camp Gallipoli. They represented the College with grace and respect. A very special thank you to the parent and staff volunteers for making this such a special event.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
Nicole Caulfield, Deputy Principal – Middle School