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ANZAC Day 2015

The Year 6 students were privileged to attend a pre ANZAC Day presentation by Al Taylor (the Events Coordinator of the Highfields RSL Sub Branch) on Thursday 23 April. Al Taylor delivered a passionate presentation to our students outlining the importance of paying attention and listening to the operative word. Thank you to Al for taking the time to inspire our senior students and identify the attributes of the Australian and New Zealand troops who landed on the shores of Gallipoli at ANZAC Cove on 25 April 1915.

Highfields State School commemorated ANZAC Day through a school service on Friday 24 April in the smART Space. This year we commemorated the ANZAC Centenary and reflected on Australia’s wartime history and the nation’s contribution to international peace. We proudly displayed our amazing "100" years sign where all students from our great school cut out and decorated a poppy, and these were shaped together to form a 100 – representing 100 years since the Australian and New Zealand troops landed on the beach at Gallipoli.

The school captains together with Mr Lyndon McIntrye followed the traditional order of service for a commemorative ceremony. Our official guests, whose children attend Highfields State School, included Sergeant Robert Staley (Army), Warrant Officer Class 2 Andrew White (Army), Corporal Lewis Macivor (Airforce), Corporal Jeremy Aikman (Airforce) and Trevor Watts MP (Member for Toowoomba North).

Sergeant Robert Staley delivered a commemorative address outlining the ANZAC Centenary.  Corporal Lewis Macivor recited the Ode, which is the fourth stanza of “For the Fallen”, a poem written by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon.

The students of Highfields State School should be commended on their respectful behaviour and attention throughout the school service.

On Saturday 25th April, approximately 60 students from Highfields State School participated in the ANZAC Day march through the main streets of Highfields and attended the service at the Cultural Centre. Members of our senior choir combined with students from Mary MacKillop Catholic School, Geham State School and Meringandan State School to sing the Australian National Anthem. The senior students supported Highfields State School in their leadership role with pride. Thank you to the attending teachers and parents for assisting all our students to represent Highfields State School.

Carla Veenman (Clutterbuck)
Defence School Transition Aide​