A Day to Remember
Tomorrow will mark 99 years since the end of World War I. It was precisely on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that the guns fell silent over the Western Front. A war that took the lives of more than 60,000 Australians and 9 million worldwide had finally ended after four years of ugly fighting.
The day has become known as Remembrance Day. We pause for a moment to remember. To remember the fallen. To remember the sacrifices made. Not just in the Great War, but in all conflicts involving Australian servicemen and women. And remember we must.
This morning the students and staff of Christian College Bellarine gathered under the flag pole to commemorate Remembrance Day. It was a beautiful day to mark this occasion, with the students displaying their respect for those who served in the First World War as well as those who have served in the various conflicts in the 100 years since. The gravity of the occasion was recognised with a service and a minute’s silence, concluding with the raising of the flag from half-mast and Mr Sean Rankin playing the last post.
Christian College Bellarine received funding from both state and local organisations to install a mural into the school grounds honouring the veterans from the local region who served in World War 1. Artist Andrew Plant created the artwork, which will be central for our annual Anzac Day and Remembrance Services.
The mural was unveiled at today’s Remembrance service by the youngest student at our campus Alice Du from Prep and the eldest student Caitlin Doble from Year 9 along with Mr Rick Geall and artist Mr Andrew Plant.
A special thank you to the artist Andrew Plant for the work he put into this mural. It will be a fantastic way for the future students and staff at Christian College Bellarine to continue to remember the sacrifices made for us by those who have served during the wars and those who are still serving.
Our college community was able to raise over $650 to go to the RSL through the sale of the poppies and wristbands. This is a wonderful organisation that supports returned soldiers and the families of fallen soldiers.
Mr. Ryan Healy