A day they won’t for­get

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

RE­MEM­BRANCE Day was ob­served in Moss­man with a dig­ni­fied cer­e­mony at the shrine out­side the coun­cil cham­bers.

Stu­dents were on hand from the high school and a stu­dent band pro­vided the mu­sic, in­clud­ing the bu­gle call.

Divi­son 10 coun­cil­lor and mayor-elect Ju­lia Leu ad­dressed the gath­er­ing, as did the high school cap­tains ( Jack An­der­son, Hay­den D’Ad­dona, Ebony Faich­ney and Damian Good­win), and cler­gy­man Eric Pitt, fol­lowed by an elo­quent speech by the Moss­man RSL Sub-Branch pres­i­dent Ron Sav­age.

Piper Sean Hawkes played su­perbly de­spite the hu­mid­ity mak­ing the task more dif­fi­cult.

A spe­cial mo­ment this year was the pre­sen­ta­tion by the Moss­man Sub-Branch of medals to two stu­dents who were deemed spe­cial – Jayden Thomp­son (15), who moved to Moss­man High from Bris­bane this year and im­pressed those around him with his re­spect­ful­ness and con­sid­er­a­tion, and 14-year-old Evie Shaw, who had treat­ment for a brain tu­mour in 2010.

Evie has man­aged to com­plete the NAPLAN tests and push along with her school­ing de­spite hav­ing had to spend a year in treat­ment in Bris­bane.

Both Evie and Jayden were pre­sented with gold medals. ‘‘We wanted to give them a bit of en­cour­age­ment,’’ said sub-branch sec­re­tary Wally Gray, and two more medals will be pre­sented next year and con­tin­u­ing.

Mean­while Moss­man Sub-Branch is push­ing for grant money to ren­o­vate another of its cot­tages which house old Dig­gers.



Evie Shaw and Jayden Thomp­son

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