ANZAC day is without doubt one of the biggest days on the school calendar. There are few other occasions where the College community gathers to pay tribute to those who have come through this school before us. The contributions and sacrifices made by the Old Collegians who have served at war are never forgotten. The magnitude of this particular day does not shrink, not even now, more than 100 years since the Boer War began. We all bow our heads and think of those who have served in the past, and those that are still serving our country today, just the same. As school captains, we had the melancholy honour of reading out the names of the 100 Collegians who have died at war, to whom we owe a great deal of respect and gratitude. It was a daunting task, as the thought that each name read equalled a life lost, was a particularly emotional one. Conversely, we were grateful that we could contribute to the service and pay our respect. To carry out this solemn task was indeed, very humbling. After the playing of Reveille, we led the Year 12 cohort to the front lawn. One cross was planted into the lawn for each Collegian who had died at war, the finished product being a sea of crosses, a posy of flowers and the urn. We took a moment to absorb the scene with Mr Parker and reflected as to how proud we are to be part of school such as ours.
Posted May 10, 2012.