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Commemorating 100 Years of ANZAC

Student Executive at the ANZAC March
The assembly was conducted by School Captains, Shona Scalia and Lyam Loring; Vice Captains, Kelsey Heuir and Thomas Papadimitriou and Indigenous Vice Captain, Diamond Heron who gave the welcome to country on behalf of the Juru people.  Our special guest was Lieutenant James Scanlon.  Other invited guests were Mr Dale Last, Member of Parliament - Burdekin, Councillor Lyn McLaughlin, Mayor of the Burdekin Shire,  Councillor Mr Tony Goddard, Mr Chris Wicks, East Ayr Acting Principal, Mrs Tina Hancock, President of Ayr State High School P&C, Mrs Marlene Henaway, Pastor Les Henaway and Mrs Joyce Henaway.  This year the address commemorated the Centenary of the Flanders Offensive.  Five wreaths were laid by our guests.  Once again the Air Force Cadets were a prominent feature of the assembly.  Under the command of Cadet Warrant Officer Lachlan Allegri, 15 cadets took part as the guard.  Our choir led the assembly in singing the national anthem played by our Concert Band.  The significance of the symbols of the Slouch Hat and Rosemary were explained by Mitchell Pearce and Natasha Embrey.  The most solemn part of the service, The Last Post and Rouse, was played by Mr Joe Giddy followed by The Lament, on bagpipes, by Mr Roy Paige.  Thank you to all those who contributed to our Commemoration service and especially to the students of Ayr State High School who were respectful and considerate as members of the assembly.
On ANZAC day, Ayr State High School, was well represented at all the services.  The Student Executive attended the dawn and Ayr Service, Grace Eustace and Dana Wyllie represented the school at the Giru Service, Naryssa Robberds and Taylah Michielin represented the school at the Brandon Service.  Many students and staff attended all services.  At the main service Lyam Loring and a BCHS student delivered the joint schools address and Kacee Bromham and a BCHS student led the community rendition of the National Anthem.  Thank you to all who marched and to their families who enabled them to be present.  Commemorating ANZAC Day allows Australians to:  HONOUR the service of Australia’s veterans; REMEMBER the sacrifice of the fallen; THANK those who have returned; and RENEW our bonds of community and our understanding of the ANZAC traditions of courage and comradeship.