Remembrance Day holds a special significance for Canberra Girls Grammar School which accommodates over 100 students from military families. To mark Remembrance Day this year, we held simple assemblies on both campuses and asked students to read the poem In Flanders Fields prior to the playing of The Last Post and our one minute of silence over the speakers at 11.00am.
Our special thanks to Air Commodore Ken Robinson (father of Katrina, Year 12) and Colonel David Edwards (father of Evelyn, Year 6) who challenged students to consider what Remembrance Day means for them. Our thanks also to all girls involved in the Assemblies and readings.
In the week leading up to Remembrance Day, Junior School students found a platoon of women’s and men’s boots marching us in slow time from the front office into the Hall. The progression was used to spark conversation and to symbolise with each new step the mounting losses service men and women have suffered over time during conflict.
The blood, dust and mud of the battlefield were also reflected in the brown and red commemorative displays used on both campuses.
Lest we forget their sacrifices for our freedoms.
Defence School Mentor
Photo above: Soldier’s boots decorated with red poppies to mark Remembrance Day 2019.