ANZAC Day will be commemorated this coming Saturday. At a time when many would congregate at dawn services across the country, COVID 19 has impacted the events this year. The Returned Services League (RSL) has elected not to hold dawn services or parades.

Instead, the RSL is encouraging Australians to stand at the end of their driveways, on their balconies or in their lounge rooms at 6am on Saturday to remember and honour all Australians and New Zealanders who served in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations around the world. This includes the ANZACs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

The bravery and endurance of Australian troops in the face of death informs the legend that has helped to shape our country. The very essence of the characteristics of the ANZACs is evident in our society today as we battle the war against the Coronavirus. The 4 pillars representing the ANZAC’s spirit are arguably being demonstrated by all in our community at the moment. Endurance; Mateship; Courage and Sacrifice are evident in our community as we struggle with a new normal. We honour those who
have served and died for our life of freedom in Australia; we honour them by demonstrating endurance, mateship, courage and sacrificing during this challenging time.

Even though they may be learning remotely, some of our students have chosen to engage with activities that acknowledge the ANZACs and their sacrifice. Lindsay from 3G was very creative, deciding to create a wreath of poppies to commemorate ANZAC Day, while Catelyn in year 2 was creative in a different way by making the famous ANZAC biscuits with the help of sister Evie.