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Pelican : June 2010
7 College Assembly Honours the Sacrifice of the ANZACs The St Edmund’s College community took time out to remember and honour the sacrifce of our ANZACs at a College Assembly on the Wednesday 28th April. The Assembly, which has become a tradition at the College, gave the students an opportunity to hear the ANZAC story and to participate in a ftting commemoration of the ANZAC spirit. Commodore Mark Sander RAN, a parent of one of our junior school students, Michael (Year 4), was our guest speaker. He gave an excellent summary of the values exemplifed by the ANZAC soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915 and of the relevance of these values to Australians today. He illustrated how the core values of discipline, mateship and self-sacrifce continue to underpin the activities of the Australian Defence Force today, particularly in combat zones. Lieutenant Stephen Delo RAN spoke on the Spirit of the ANZACs and challenged the boys to fnd the ANZAC spirit in themselves in the years to come. College teacher, Mr Ian Harvey, gave the response and reminded students of the importance of remembering those who have served and fought for the rights and freedom we enjoy today. He stressed the legacy of responsibility we carry today to continue to uphold the ANZAC values fought for at so costly a price. Mr Harvey also emphasised the link between the “wise words” spoken on leadership at the Assembly and the College’s mission statement; Achieving today. Leading tomorrow. Daniel Matthews (Year 12), MC for the Assembly, read a prayer from the Gospel of Saint John, Nick Winter (Year 11) read the Lord’s Prayer and Matthew Nikolic (Year 12) read prayers to remember those who have served and those who continue to serve in armed confict around the world. Mrs Michelle Da Roza, Head of the English Faculty, read the Ode, a signifcant part of the tradition of the ANZAC commemoration. Jarrod Loadsman and Michael Sander laid the wreath against a monument of service hats representing the 3 services: Navy, Army and Air Force. Music was provided by Harry Shepherd (Year 10) and Mr Stenning, Head of the Music Faculty, as they played the Last Post followed by a minutes silence and then the Rouse. Thank you to Sergeant Matthew Loadsman, RAAF, who did an outstanding job in providing the Catafalque party which included ex-student Robert Beutel (Class of 2007) and a drummer from ADFA. ADFA cadet, Jeffrey McCormack (Class of 2007), was also present at the assembly. Kirsty Russell Defence Transition Mentor ANZAC WEEKEND During the ANZAC Day weekend, St Edmund’s College hosted students and staff from St Bernard’s College Melbourne. The students from St Bernard’s, an EREA school, were here to experience the ANZAC ceremonies in the nation’s capital and to visit signifcant memorials. They arrived in Canberra on Friday night and departed on Sunday the 25th April after attending the dawn service and the major ANZAC Day parade at the Australian War Memorial. As is the tradition, St Edmund’s Queanbeyan students marched at the Queanbeyan ANZAC Day ceremony. Mr Phill Hawke and Mr Max Green joined the students with Vice-Captain Michael Doyle and Daniel Naef (Year 11) laying the wreath. Merici College students were guest speakers this year and they gave an address of a difference with Anzac biscuits featuring in a well thought out presentation. Phill Hawke Director of Services Matthew Nikolic, Year 12, reads a prayer whilst Robert Beutel (Class of 2007) forms part of the Catafalque party. Back Row (l to r): Daniel Naef, Jack Bowyer, Michael Doyle, Terry Maher, Gareth Slarke. Middle Row (l to r): Thomas Welch, Phillip Maher, Jonathon Naef, Steven Raby and Jonathon Bowyer. Front Row (l to r): Mr Max Green, Craig Cunningham, James Short, Sean Purtell and Mr Phill Hawke.