From the Head of Senior School
In our College much activity has been centred around supporting ANZAC Day. The 25th April is an important date in our calendar as it was when our national identity was forged on a shore half way around the world.
On Monday of this week, Senior School conducted our ANZAC Day Service at our memorial. The day commenced in housegroups where students watched a specially produced video made by Mr Rick Geall. In it our Year 11 student, Beatrice Bonnici narrated the video. Her background in French added that special touch when pronouncing the French towns, as did her clarity of speech.
After the video housegroup teachers led their cohort to our central point in silence for our service. Mr Jason O’Loughlin was our master of ceremonies. I had the privilege of reading the “Acknowledgement of Country” followed by the purpose and significance of the service. A range of students delivered the service with the necessary reverence and respect.
On Tuesday our campus and college were well represented at the Geelong Schools’ ANZAC Day Service at Johnstone Park. This special service always has the Senior Choir perform for all to enjoy. They were once again brilliant! We thank Tania Spence for leading this talented group of singers.
Wednesday was our national day of reflection on what those who have gone before us did, so we may enjoy our current freedom. Students were encouraged to attend a dawn service if they had not already done so. I am yet to meet anyone who has attended one and not been moved.
The Last Post – History Of…
The Last Post will be played all over the world on Remembrance Day. But as Alwyn W Turner explains, its origins had nothing to do with mourning.
Arthur Lane was a bugler in the British Army when he was captured by Japanese forces during the fall of Singapore in 1942. He spent the remainder of World War Two in POW camps and working on the notorious Burma Railway.
But he also had a more melancholy duty. He still had his bugle with him and it was his task to sound the Last Post for each of his comrades who died during those years.
"I'd have to go and set the fires at the crematorium. The lads would build them during the day, put the bodies on, and then somebody had to be delegated to set fire to the funeral pyres, and see that they were properly burnt, so I had to do that."
For the rest of his long life, he was haunted by nightmares. And he never played the Last Post again.
The sound of a lone bugler playing the Last Post has become one of the most distinctive sounds in the world. Eerie and evocative, it exists beyond all the usual barriers of nation, religion, race and class, charged with the memory of generations of the fallen.
The Last Post was first published in the 1790s, just one of the two dozen or so bugle calls sounded daily in British Army camps.
Parent Teacher Conferences
Our conferences were held on Tuesday and Thursday and were well attended. With the in-time reporting, parents and guardians are receiving more information, more often. The conferences give the parents and guardians an opportunity along with their child, to hear of the areas of improvement. It was also an opportunity for our staff to learn more about your child so that they may better be able to lead their learning.
Alice In Wonderland
Our College production Alice In Wonderland commences on Thursday 3rd to Saturday 5th May. Tickets are available on line and will go quickly. The venue is ‘The Potato Shed’ in Drysdale and the students are so excited at being able to present this classic production. We encourage you to attend for what promises to be a fantastic production.
Mr Graeme Dent
Head of Senior School - Waurn Ponds