Honouring ANZAC Day

Posted 5 May 2017 10:10am

As is tradition at Canberra Girls Grammar School, ANZAC Day commemorations were recently held to honour the men and women who have served to protect our country and our liberty.

On 26 April 2017, the Junior School held their ANZAC Day Service. The year 6 Defence Students, Lucinda Thompson, Freya Wilson, Milli Busch, Georgia Evans, Hannah Campbell, Charlotte Young, Sienna Page and Ellie Meggitt admirably hosted the service. We were once again pleased to welcome Lieutenant Colonel Colyer and Major Mammino as our guest speakers. All students of the Junior School were keenly interested in hearing the history of ANZAC day and learn the core values of the ANZAC Spirit are values that the students live by as they go about their day at CGGS.

The choir graced us with a beautiful rendition of the hymn Pie Jesu and we gratefully accepted Year 8 student, Emma McMaster’s offer to play the Last Post. Emma performed this difficult piece beautifully and we are very proud of contribution to our service. Thank you to all the parents who attended and support our service.

This week the Senior School paid their respects to ANZAC Day with a service on Tuesday, 2 May.  Year 12 student Emily Faulconbridge proudly introduced her mother, Commander Anne Faulconbridge, as our guest speaker. Commander Faulconbridge spoke of her achievements in the Navy and reminded us that ANZAC day is a day for us to reflect and be thankful for those who have served, and those who continue to serve, so we might enjoy the wonderful freedoms we are afforded in Australia. 

Two of our students who are Cadets assisted with the wreath laying, accompanied by the very talented Empire Concert Band playing Abide with Me. Our thanks to Year 12 student Tara Melhuish, who also played a beautiful version of The Last Post for our formal Commemoration.

I would like to thank everyone involved in both services for helping me organise two ANZAC Day services that I know would have done our “Diggers” proud.

Nicole Nielsen
Defence Transition Mentor

Photo above: Cadets Maddy Ciacia (Year 11 Burgmann) and Sarina Hicks (Year 12 Waverley) honouring the spirit of ANZAC.

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