Stu­dents pay re­spects

Isis Town and Country - - News -

THE hall was silent as Isis State High School stu­dents read the names of those who lost their lives in war.

The solemn cer­e­mony was held Fri­day to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day and the sta­dium was full of par­ents, chil­dren and com­mu­nity mem­bers who bowed their heads in re­spect.

Year 8 stu­dent Holly Morten who’s fa­ther is cur­rently serv­ing in the armed ser­vice read The Ode.

“My dad is at Wagga Wagga with the Army Re­serve,” the 13 year old said.

“I’m very proud of him and am glad I could be part of this to­day.”

Prin­ci­pal Al­lan Cook said he was proud of the re­spect shown by stu­dents at the cer­e­mony.

“School Cap­tains Caleb Spark, Vic­tor Vella, Aleisha Nu­gent and Aleisha Thomas led the cer­e­mony, but sev­eral other stu­dents also par­tic­i­pated in ac­knowl­edg­ing the sac­ri­fice of ser­vice­men/women in a re­spect­ful man­ner,” Mr Cook said.

“Lo­cal SES Cadets who are also stu­dents at the school formed the Catafalque around the Aus­tralian flag and which formed the plat­form for the lay­ing of wreaths by stu­dents.”

At the end of the cer­e­mony the hall filled with the vo­cals from Year 10 stu­dent Tracey Hoff­mann who sang both the Aus­tralian and New Zealand na­tional an­thems.

All stu­dents re­flected dur­ing a minute’s si­lence be­tween The Last Post and Rouse in the mean­ing­ful school cer­e­mony.

PHOTOS: BEN TURN­BULL

HEART­FELT: Caleb Spark and Vic­tor Vella at the ser­vice.

Aleisha Nu­gent speak­ing at the An­zac Day ser­vice.

AN­ZAC SER­VICE: Holly Mor­ton lays a wreath.

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