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ANZAC Day 2016

4/05/2016
​The Year 6 students were privileged to attend a pre ANZAC Day presentation by Al Taylor (Highfields RSL Sub Branch) on Friday 15 April. Al delivered a passionate presentation to our students outlining the importance of teamwork, leadership, discipline and ‘FEAR’. 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 22 April. This year we remembered the first commemoration of ANZAC Day on the 25 April 1916 following the formation of the ANZAC Day Commemoration Committee in Brisbane. ANZAC Commemoration Ceremonies are a time for us to feel proud and grateful for so many Australian men and women.
The school captains together with Mr Lyndon McIntyre followed the traditional order of service for a commemorative ceremony. Our official guests included Sergeant Jason Bateup (Army), Sergeant Dustin Waugh (Army), Petty Officer Greg Rose (Navy), Sergeant Gregory Kraft (Airforce), Corporal Ashley Randle (Airforce), Mayor Paul Antonio and Trevor Watts MP (Member for Toowoomba North).

Sergeant Jason Bateup delivered a commemorative address defining the ANZAC spirit. Petty Officer Greg Rose recited the Ode, which is the fourth stanza of ‘For the Fallen’, a poem written by the English poet and writer Laurence Binyon. We were also privileged to have John Bishop fascinate us with the unique sound of the bag pipes and Phil Ryan play the bugle.

The students of Highfields State School should be commended on their respectful behaviour and attention throughout the school service.
On Monday 25 April, approximately 70 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 other local schools to sing the National Anthem and Amazing Grace. The senior students supported Highfields State School in their leadership role with pride. Thank you to attending teachers and parents for assisting all our students to represent Highfields State School.

Carla Veenman
Defence School Transition Aide