ANZAC Assembly at Sacred Heart College, Senior (Issue 6 2016)
Written on the 12 May 2016
On Wednesday 4 May, the Senior School celebrated the annual Anzac Assembly. This was a celebration of the lives sacrificed for peace and which helped forge Australia's cultural profile of mateship. It was particularly poignant to recognise the significant contribution of past Sacred Heart students; 356 went to war and 22 sacrificed their lives in a variety of campaigns.
We acknowledged their ultimate sacrifice with Brother Joe laying a wreath on the memorial display consisting of the Sacred Heart, the Anzac and the scattering of poppies.
Mr Peter McCabe, our Business Manager - Operations, a war veteran himself, wore his many medals proudly as he read the Ode. His attendance at our assembly brought much respect to the occasion.
Our College Principal, Mr Steve Byrne, addressed the assembly about the many wars Australia has participated in, both in the past and currently in Afghanistan. Steve rightly pointed out how much we owe to our defence forces who fought for us and who sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedoms today.
I also want to pay tribute to our catafalque party. The cadets marched in and guarded our memorial display. My thanks to CCPL Aaron Taliangis, CSGT Brock Shearm (old scholar), CSGT Kyle Roberts, CCPL Alexander Burrow - Sacred Heart students who do us proud!
I was so moved and proud of our student community who, throughout the assembly, remained respectful and dignified in testament to this memorable occasion.