War sac­ri­fices re­mem­bered

Southern Telegraph - - News - Ce­cilia Allen

Gil­more Col­lege hosted an An­zac cer­e­mony on April 11 as stu­dents, teach­ers, parents and spe­cial guests re­flected on the sac­ri­fice of ser­vice men and women past and present.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, Brand MHR Madeleine King, Lieu­tenant Com­man­der David Suther­land from the Royal Aus­tralian Navy and Pro­fes­sor and Noon­gar el­der Len Col­lard were among the spe­cial guests at the cer­e­mony.

The event in­cluded a fla­grais­ing cer­e­mony, a prayer of re­mem­brance, the lay­ing of wreaths, the play­ing of The Last Post and po­ems of com­mem­o­ra­tion.

Maori stu­dents from Years 7-12 per­formed a Haka called Tika Tonu.

Prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith said the school had a long-stand­ing tra­di­tion of pay­ing re­spect to An­zacs and all ser­vice peo­ple.

“This (the cer­e­mony) is an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to do that,” he said.

The cer­e­mony was hosted ahead of An­zac Day to­day, be­fore the school closed for the school hol­i­days.

Maori stu­dents from Years 7-12 per­formed a Haka.

Stu­dent coun­cil­lors By­ron Tait, 16, Michel­lie Jones, 17, Olivia Mor­ton, 17, Aus­tralian Navy cadet Sergeant Har­ri­son Ash­win, 14, and prin­ci­pal Ro­han Smith.

Pic­tures: Ce­cilia Allen

City of Kwinana Cr Den­nis Wood and HMAS Stir­ling CPO Barry Chalk.

Stu­dent coun­cil­lors Joel Green, 16, and Dy­lan Van Zuy­dam, 17.

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