ANZAC commemoration reflects students’ gratitude

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Student representatives from Sydney Catholic schools celebrated ANZAC Day early this year, laying wreaths at a gathering of young Australians and official representatives from across the state.

Held on 9 April 2019, the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service invited students to learn more about the sacrifices those in the Australian armed forces made and still make to protect and serve their country.

The work we do with students is critical to ensuring that the ANZAC memory lives on

– James Brown

“It’s worth remembering that there are more than 2000 Australians serving on our behalf, standing guard across the world,” said RSL President James Brown in his closing address.

“The work we do with students is critical to ensuring that the ANZAC memory lives on, to ensuring that our veterans and their families are remembered and respected in our community. We’re particularly grateful for the fact that the NSW schools curriculum now includes components that are aimed at helping students to understand the experience of veterans and their families.”

The ceremony is held every year at the ANZAC memorial in Hyde Park, and this year’s celebration commemorated in part the 100 year anniversary of the Paris Peace Conference that ended World War 1.

Public, Catholic and independent schools from across Sydney send representatives to hear speeches by students and dignitaries and lay a wreath on their school’s behalf.

Students from Bethlehem Catholic College Ashfield at the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC commemoration service

Students said they were eager to take part and celebrate all that servicemen and women have done to keep Australia safe and protect values of mateship, courage and equality.

“Today’s special because it’s important to remember and commemorate, and through that we thank the people who gave their lives for us and enabled us to live in the wonderful country that we do today,” said Dimitar Anthony, in Year 10 at Bethlehem College Ashfield.

“ANZAC day is important to me because I know that people were looking out for me and my family,” said Charlie Zieba, in Year 4 at St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine. “We remember the ANZACS who have fought for our country and who have stopped war.”

Schools who took part in the ceremony included:

  • All Saints Catholic College Liverpool
  • Bethany College Hurstville
  • Bethlehem College Ashfield
  • De La Salle Catholic College Caringbah
  • Eileen O’Connor Catholic College Lewisham
  • Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School Croydon
  • Marcellin College Randwick
  • Marist Sisters’ College Woolwich
  • Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Burwood
  • St Finbar’s Catholic Primary School Sans Souci
  • St John Bosco Catholic Primary School Engadine
  • St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School Enfield
  • St Mark’s Catholic Primary School Drummoyne
  • St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney
  • St Patrick’s College Sutherland

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