Anzac Day – a time for reflection

Throughout New South Wales, school students commemorated Anzac Day.

At Hyde Park in Sydney, on 6 April, more than 1500 students attended the RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service.

More than 40 public schools were represented, laying a wreath of flowers during the service.

Both the NSW Public Schools Singers and the NSW Public Schools Symphonic Wind Orchestra performed, and Sydney Technical High School student, Michael Owens, bugled The Last Post and Reveille.

According to the department's corporate events manager, Jan Spencer, Michael's rendition was inspirational.

"All the students who played a part in both this ceremony, and the one on 25 April in Bridge St were truly professional.

"It was hard to believe that the master of ceremonies, Cheltenham Girls High School student, Alison Bejma is only in Year 10," Ms Spencer said.

At the ceremony on Anzac Day in Bridge St, Glenwood High School student Sahibajot Kaur not only presented the Acknowledgement of Country but introduced the master of ceremonies, announced the wreath laying and presented the Ode.

"Sahibajot was a delight to work with, stepping up to perform more duties than originally requested.

"Her calmness, professionalism and delightful personality ensured a wonderful presentation," Ms Spencer said.

Of special poignancy was the poem written and recited by Yeoval Central School student Emma Wykes.

Deputy director-general, schools, Greg Prior said it was important for young people to have an understanding of the past.

"Emma's words were from the heart," Mr Prior said.

"Anzac Day is a time of reflection.

"It is a time when we both look back and look forward," Mr Prior said.

Watch a slideshow of the Anzac Day events.


As the boats pulled up to shore
The waves, they rolled us in
Gunfire in our ears, melting at the core
We shall not give in

The shore, now lined with ships,
400 in our fleet
To surrender was no option,
T'was victory or defeat

The trenches swallowed all our limbs
The gas then had us beat
The gents were singing Christian hymns
T'was victory or defeat

Climbing through the forest
All with aching feet
Slaughtered men were put to rest
T'was certainly defeat

But then some form of miracle
Took place to our surprise
At first it looked so terrible
We could hardly believe our eyes

Many men were lost
Out in the rain and heat
It's them we honour and respect
For it was victory, not defeat.

- Emma Wykes, Yeoval Central School




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