Posted on 27 April 2020
Each year, the students of Ormiston College take part in a ceremony commemorating ANZAC Day, allowing them to demonstrate their respect for this important historic tradition. This year, due to imposed health restrictions and home-schooling constraints, the scale of the ceremony was dramatically reduced.
However, on Friday, 24 April, the sentiment and true emotion was by no means lost due to the reduction of students, staff, veterans, invited ex-service men and women and other guests who normally attend our special annual ANZAC Day ceremony.
Whilst it was presented by an exceedingly small group, within the College grounds, the warmth and integrity of our message was shared by a large number of people. Video links were streamed into our school classrooms, plus student families working from home, as well as other members of the Ormiston College community. Physical participation was kept to a minimum, yet the true emotion, poignant message, and strong respect that Ormiston College holds for this special commemorative event was felt by all who watched.
The service commenced with a beautiful solo rendition of the Scottish hymn, Abide with Me, which was extremely moving. As was the ANZAC prayer, the National Anthem and a very meaningful performance of the song Can you hear Australian heroes marching? sung with accompanying guitar. The Headmaster, Brett Webster, along with representatives from both Junior and Secondary schools, placed wreaths and books at the Ormiston College ANZAC plaque.
A number of very moving sequences were experienced during the service: the resounding notes of the Last Post rang out creating the solemn yet recognisable tune that is so intricately connected to ANZAC Day. The Minutes Silence, that everyone observes with reverence, was followed by the bugle call Rouse, all adding meaning to our great national tradition.
It was extremely arousing and although circumstances beyond our control made it impossible for us to present the ceremonial ritual of previous years, our students were still able to display sincere respect for those who dedicated their lives to their country.
On ANZAC Day, Saturday, 25 April, our College Captains were given permission by the RSL to lay a wreath at the Cleveland Cenotaph. Lest we Forget.