Lest we forget

Posted 16 November 2017 2:44pm

Junior and Senior Schools commemorated Remembrance Day with two separate services on Friday, 10 November.

The Junior School service began with the mounting of the Catafalque party, provided by the Australian Federation Guard. This was the first time the Junior School hosted the Australian Federation Guard and our students were appropriately respectful and grateful for their participation. Our year 6 Defence Students aptly controlled the service, contributing by explaining the importance of certain traditions such as the Catafalque Party and The Ode. Our very talented Junior school band and Choir lead us in the Hymn and National Anthem and all students were captivated by a very moving and informative speech delivered by one of Year 6 Defence parents, Colonel Hugh Meggit.

Year 12 Defence Students were honoured to host the Senior School service later in the day where we also welcomed the Australian Federation Guard Catafalque Party. We were very fortunate to have a current Year 12 Defence parent deliver a powerful speech. Major General Sengelman retired, captured the reverence of the occasion perfectly by reflecting on his experience in the military and his personal experiences with war. Our Year 7–12 students were definitely left with many things to reflect on and feel grateful for, during the one minute silence.

As a school we are extremely fortunate to have current students who are able to play the Last Post on trumpet. Both Jaimie Noonan (Year 8) and Tara Melhuish (Year 12) performed beautiful renditions of the revered piece, perfectly capturing the emotion of the occasion at the Junior and Senior School services respectively.

The CGGS and wider Defence community is extremely fortunate to have the support of the school. By allowing us to acknowledge and honour the sacrifices of our past and present Defence Force Members, we are ensuring their contribution to our country will not be forgotten.

Nicole Nielsen
CGGS Defence Transition Mentor

Photo above: The Catafalque party, provided by the Australian Federation Guard, at the Junior School ceremony.

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