Pri­mary school stu­dents pay trib­ute to armed forces

Southern Telegraph - - News -

Bal­divis Pri­mary School was one of many across the re­gion to hold a spe­cial An­zac assem­bly on the last day of term fo­cus­ing on the sac­ri­fices and achieve­ments of Aus­tralia’s armed forces.

With his bag­pipes blar­ing, Viv Riley led the of­fi­cial party which con­sisted of a num­ber of dis­tin­guished guests, in­clud­ing Bal­divis MLA Reece Whitby.

Port Kennedy RSL vice-prin­ci­pal of cer­e­mo­nial ser­vices Ger­ard Docherty and ABML Sergeant Te­gan Rid­dle spoke about the im­por­tance of An­zac Day, while stu­dent coun­cil­lor Alexan­der Yau spoke about the im­por­tant role Abo­rig­i­nal sol­diers had in the war.

The stu­dent choir per­formed The Green and the Gold and the Aus­tralian Na­tional An­them.

The Ka­pa­haka also per­formed the New Zealand Na­tional An­them.

Wreaths were laid by stu­dents, parents and spe­cial guests, and a clos­ing ad­dress was de­liv­ered by stu­dent coun­cil­lor Leah Griggs.

Pic­tures: Ce­cilia Allen

Port Kennedy RSL vice-prin­ci­pal of cer­e­mo­nial ser­vices Ger­ard Doherty.

Stu­dent coun­cil­lor Leah Griggs, 11, closed the cer­e­mony.

Exit of the of­fi­cial party, led by piper Viv Riley.

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