Commemoration of ANZAC Day

The commemoration of ANZAC Day provides us with the most significant annual opportunity to remember and honour those who have courageously served our country and especially those who have risked or lost their lives in service to our country.

As a College, we participate in these rituals of national remembrance and today we had over 100 K-10 students and staff participating in parades and events at Pontville, New Norfolk, Lenah Valley, Glenorchy and Hobart.

The 25th of April was officially named ANZAC Day in 1916 to honour the more than 8,000 Australian soldiers who had been tragically killed at Gallipoli the previous year.

In 1916, honour marches were held all over Australia; in the Sydney march, convoys of cars carried wounded soldiers from Gallipoli attended by nurses.

In subsequent decades the meaning of this day has been further broadened to include honouring Australians killed in all military operations in which Australia has been involved.

A significant number of our College families are deeply connected to our national defence forces both past and present. We are very proud of these connections either through parents, grandparents, Old Scholars or our staff members’ honourable service to the nation.

This year we commemorate the centenary of the beginnings of Australian involvement on the Western Front. We believe that it is imperative that our students, as young citizens, learn about our past and understand and participate in these rituals of national remembrance.

Our ANZAC rituals are not about glorifying war but are about mourning the terrible human loss of war and our personal and national commitment to peace. I pray that our precious students will never experience the horrors of war and will put great store in peaceful resolution to any conflict.

Beth Gilligan