Darwin High honours the Anzac Legacy
Darwin High School has a longstanding tradition of commemorating Anzac Day with a commemorative Assembly. This year on Friday 23 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, Oscar Anderson, Aseri Douglas, Aragorn Norton-Baker, Amelia Barker and Billy Bennet and Air Force Cadets, Ethan Boots, Tayah Hutton, Mikayla McDonald, Abdullah Khan, Albert Thomas, Gurshan Dhillion, and Mitchell Timms provided an Honour Guard. Year 12 student, Mitchell Kyranis shared an Acknowledgement of Country, which was followed by Year 12 student Pruella Anderson and the Darwin High School Band performing the Australian National Anthem. Our own DHS Scholar, Tevita Moala sang the New Zealand National Anthem.
Event comperes were, Defence students Year 12 student Jemma Beyer and Year 11 student Joshua Ruhl. Jemma is also an Army Cadet and both students delivered passionate and personal speeches.
Jemma read a striking poem and spoke to her peers about the story of a fellow Territorian and how he showed courage in the face of adversity. Joshua 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.
Warrant Officer, Kirstin Tanner, 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 from SIEU, Year 10, 11, and 12 laid wreaths as a symbol of remembrance for those lost while serving, accompanied by the haunting sound of the didgeridoo, played by William Hewitt from Larrakia Nation.
Year 11 student, Mikayla Smith-Gow delivered the Ode of Remembrance, and Year 11 student, Archer Bryett 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 Lily Clark and Sydnee Fletcher.
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.
On Sunday 25 April, at the Darwin RSL Dawn Service, SRC members Kajal Desai, Peehu Choudhary, and Mikaela Caldwell laid a wreath on behalf of the Darwin High School community, then later assisted Aidan Murray to distribute poppies to the estimated 7,000 attendees.