Posted on 26 April, 2024

Darwin High honours the ANZAC Legacy

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 22 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 Nathan Maglasang, Luca Jones, Marcus Bonica, Heath Morgan, Korbyn Woodward-Cowley and representing the tri forces Cadets Braiden Wilson, Hamish Samuels, Dustin Eveleigh, Talan Kemp, Mitchell Matthews. Liam Matthews and Jamie Procter provided an Honour Guard or welcomed guests. Year 11 student Juliana Barredo 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 Owen Doran and Year 11 student Eve Murray-Nebauer. Both students delivered passionate and personal speeches. Year 12 student Hayley Willis provided an Acknowledgement of Country.

Eve 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.

Regimental Sergeant Major Thompson, 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 William Hewitt from Larrakia Nation.

Year 11 student, Lucas Tims delivered the Ode of Remembrance, and Year 10 student, Jethro Llewellyn performed the Last Post.

Following the assembly, invited guests were treated to a special morning tea. Photo credit to our talented Year 12 photography students Sara and Felix Bertschi.

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.


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