Each year, ANZAC Day ceremony is held on the 25th April to commemorate Australia and New Zealand's defence forces on the anniversary of the ANZAC soldiers landing in Gallipoli during World War 1. The QACI ANZAC Day commemorative assembly was held in remembrance of those who served and sacrificed their lives so that we can enjoy our freedom, simultaneously honouring the Royal Australian Air Force Centenary.
The ceremony was hosted by Chiara Du Plessis and Adam Charters and attended by special guests Rachel Baird, Ben Taylor, Cameron Smith, and David and Amy Smith. Grade 11 students Lily Cronk and Talia Armstrong, who are part of the Army and Air Cadets, joined the official party as part of a simplified catafalque. We were proud to honour the ANZAC Spirit and the values of courage, endurance, and mateship alongside service personnel.
After an opening address by Principal, Ms Casey, we heard from Rachel Baird who reflected on her times in the RAAF. Ms Baird was involved in Operation Starshine, and establishing the Law of Armed Conflict, which has shaped the way humane conflict is fought internationally. She encouraged us to face our fears and get out of our comfort zones as we embrace the legacy of the ANZAC spirit. A wreath was laid on behalf of the QACI community by Elizabeth Pico Gonzalez and Surya Sharma-Brymer after we observed a minute silence reflecting on the ANZAC Spirit and the service of those who have gone before us.
The Australian National Anthem was performed by Luke Harrison and accompanied by Isabelle Liew, followed by a reading of Clyde Hamilton's poem, 'Not A Hero', by Student Directors, Morgan Lee and Riley Brooker. We were left feeling inspired after a moving musical performance by Grade 12 students Chloe Ricardo-Yates and Sam Rose, who performed 'Epiphany' by Taylor Swift.
The ANZAC Day Ceremony was a fitting way for the QACI community to respectfully and considerately honour our Defence Forces for their service to our country.
Lest we Forget.
...article written by Anna Ryley, Year 11