An­zac assem­bly at school

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Mata­mata In­ter­me­di­ate School hosted a spe­cial assem­bly last week to com­mem­o­rate An­zac Day.

Mem­bers of the Pa­tri­ots De­fence Force Mo­tor­cy­cle Club were on hand to speak to the stu­dents about the sig­nif­i­cance of the day.

Ca­reer sol­dier Mal­colm Wal­lace said he was try­ing to en­cour­age the stu­dents to at­tend An­zac Day ser­vices such as the dawn pa­rade.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant that all young New Zealan­ders at least un­der­stand why we have An­zac Day. We’re here to give them an idea of what it’s all about.’’

Staff Sergeant and Viet­nam veteran Erik Kris­ten­son led a lay­ing of the wreath cer­e­mony and the school ob­served a minute of si­lence. Pipe Sergeant Ray Crafts opened the assem­bly.

Salute: Staff sergeant Erik Kris­ten­son stands to po­si­tion as the New Zealand flag is raised.

ni­cola.ste­wart@wrcn.co.nz

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