In commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the landings at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, Christian College held simultaneous ANZAC services at each of the four campuses on Thursday, April 16 commencing at 9.15a.m.
Director of Humanities- Rick Geall organised this special and memorable event for all campuses. Over 2000 students from Prep through to Year 12 joined together with teaching staff and invited dignitaries in remembering and honouring those, past and present, who have served our country in numerous conflicts and peacekeeping operations over the past one hundred years.
The formal ANZAC order of service featured the traditional Anzac hymn ‘Abide With Me’, as well as the poems ‘In Flanders Fields’ and ‘Ode to the Fallen’. The Last Post, a minute’s silence and our National Anthem concluded formalities at each campus.
The Junior School, Belmont students and staff wore handmade knitted poppies lovingly made by the residents of Sirovilla Retirement Village. Many of the residents attended the Junior School Service.
At the Senior Campus, the service also featured the official opening of the new war memorial by Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson. Construction of the memorial was made possible thanks to an $11,500 grant awarded to Christian College as part of the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program.
All 4 services were very moving and the students were nothing short of outstanding in their respect, call to silence and with their participation.
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