On Friday 11 November, the College paused during homeroom for a Remembrance Day ceremony to honour those who have served our country in times of conflict and the College was also part of the official ceremony at the Lilydale Cenotaph.
Remembrance Day represents the day that World War I ended, with the College pausing for a minute to pay respect to those who fought and died. Australians have been participating in this memorial day since 1918, showing recognition to those on our front lines in the present day and those who have served in the past. It is important for the community to remember the sacrifices that people make for our country to grow and live in peace.
During homeroom, Humanities Prefects Mark Rimando (2022) and Olivia Barre (2023) joined me in a service over the PA system. It included explanations of the history of the minute of silence, as well as scripture, prayers, The Ode, the Last Post and The Rouse as all students were also able to view a presentation relating to the ceremony.
Later in the morning, College Captains for 2023 Elena Atanasovski and Campbell Manser laid a wreath on behalf of the College at the Lilydale Cenotaph. During the service by the Lilydale RSL, our Choir of 23 students sang the hymn Oh God, Our Help In Ages Past as well as the full Australian national anthem. Both were performed a capella over the sound of the traffic passing behind them so they did a magnificent job.
We thank our student leaders as well as all students and staff for the way they expressed meaning and empathy for the fallen during this very special occasion.