The 2016 ANZAC Service was an extra special one as we had our Poppy Project for our special guests to visit before the service. This Walk of Remembrance, done jointly by the Primary and Secondary art classes, with over one thousand handmade ceramic and fabric poppies provided a powerful display, as a symbol of community, unity and our gratitude to all those that made sacrifices. The Poppy theme was continued through on the programme as well as the banner in the gym and the ANZAC tribute video and the Vocal Ensemble song ‘In Flanders Fields’.
The musical items this year were especially beautiful and included ‘Waltzing Matilda’ by Ms Chung and a small group and at the end of the service ‘In Flanders Fields’ performed by the Vocal Ensemble.
This year’s guest speaker was Dr Peter Christofides Pastor at the Coolbellup Campus of Mt Pleasant Baptist church and a New Testament lecturer and Dean of Students at VOSE. A fluent Greek speaker, Dr Christofides reminded all present that we were gathered to remember great men and women who left great legacies. Using Hebrews 11 verse 4 “And by faith Abraham still speaks, even though he is dead.” He made the point that those who are dead still speak to us today giving words of encouragement as well as the Holy Spirit and the Bible that offer us comfort and counsel. Those who have gone before us are part of us and we thank God for them and remember their lives and as we call on God He comforts us so we can comfort one another.
Bible readers this year were our College Captains Sabrina Siani and John Matthews and Elisha Hammond read her own composition ‘A New Dawn’, an ANZAC Tribute Poem. Francina Mupurutsa read the Ode to the Fallen and Lance Corporal David Scott played the Last Post and Reveille. The moving event was concluded by Mrs Rebecca Coghill, incoming board chair.
Afterwards guests, staff and students enjoyed chatting over a delicious morning tea made and served by the Home Economics department