ANZAC Day

ANZAC Day

Congratulations to the students and families who joined Mr Frazer, Mr Burns and myself at the ANZAC Day Celebrations at The Entrance last Thursday.  The spirit of the children was amazing both in the march as well as during the ceremony.  They were a great credit to the school.

On Monday we came together at school to remember ANZAC Day with a focus on learning from the past to live in peace.  I was very pleased to be able to commend the students on their display of respect and self-control during the ceremony.

The ceremony was beautifully led by Year 5 with involvement from each class.  I include below some of the readings that were shared as part of the ceremony.

INTRODUCTION

Every year on the 25th April we celebrate ANZAC DAY. Today we gather to remember and honour the ANZACs and all the men and women who have given their lives to fight for freedom and keep our country safe.

OPENING PRAYER

God of love and peace, we gather to pray for those who gave so much for their country. May we always remember their sacrifices and their gifts of freedom and peace. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

REFLECTION

On the war fields of South Africa, throughout Europe, and on the beaches of Gallipoli. In the jungles of the Pacific, in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf and troubled countries throughout the world: the men and women of our armed services gave of themselves to protect our country and to strive for world peace. The peace given to us by these brave people must be treasured and protected for generations to come.

GOSPEL READING: John 15.11-14

A Reading from the Gospel of John.  

I tell you this so that my joy may be complete.

My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for their friends is to give their life for them.

The Gospel of the Lord.