Darwin High honours the Anzac Legacy
Darwin High School has a longstanding tradition of commemorating Anzac Day with a commemorative Assembly. This year on Monday 24 April, all 1250 students and staff, gathered with a small number of invited guests to reflect on the Legacy of the Anzac.
The assembly recognised the dawn of the legend: The Anzac Spirit, born on 25 April 1915, when some 20,000 soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landed under fire on the shores of Gallipoli, Turkey, and how this event has shaped the Australian Story. Once used to refer to those who fought in the First World War, as time has passed, the meaning of ‘Anzac’ has changed to expresses the characteristics of courage, equality, endurance, and mateship.
Some of our student Army Cadets formed a Catafalque party, Caitlyn Meldrum, Owen Doran, Nathan Maglasang, Emily Macdonald and Isabella Ogale and representing the tri forces Cadets, Luca Jones, Braiden Wilson, Kai Sandhu, Lucas Tims, Peter Watson, Gurshan Dhillon and Ayden Ross provided an Honour Guard. Year 12 student Taleisha Castillon and the Darwin High School Band performed the Australian National Anthem. Our own DHS alumni, Tevita Moala sang the New Zealand National Anthem.
Event comperes were, Defence cadets and Year 12 student Amelie Barker and Mitchell Timms. Both students delivered passionate and personal speeches.
Amelie spoke about the spirit of the Anzac and how their qualities of resilience and courage in the face of adversity can inspire change today and in the future. Mitchell spoke about why Anzac Day is a significant occasion for himself and his family and paid tribute to all those who have served and are currently serving.
Sergeant Lachlan Enever, delivered a poignant Commemorative Address, encouraging the students to carry on the spirit of the Anzacs and continue their legacy for peace. Distinguished guests and SRC representatives laid wreaths as a symbol of remembrance for those lost while serving, accompanied by the haunting sound of the didgeridoo, played by Trent Lee from Larrakia Nation.
Year 12 student, Eli Bacher delivered the Ode of Remembrance, and Year 12 student, Caedyn Taylor performed the Last Post from the Mezzanine.
Following the assembly, invited guests were treated to a special morning tea. Photo credit to our talented Year 12 photography students Grace Beard and Tiana Crompton.
Thank you to all the staff and students whose hard work and dedication ensured the event was a success. The assembly was a moving service to the Anzac legacy and was enriched by our incredible school community.