Students Shine during Royal Visit
A rare opportunity was offered to twenty Darwin High School students by the Darwin sub-branch of the RSL on the occasion of a visit to Darwin by His Royal Highness Prince Charles last week.
During his brief visit to Darwin, the Prince attended a wreath laying ceremony at the Darwin Cenotaph, and Darwin High School was invited to send a representative group to form an Honour Guard for his arrival and departure at the Cenotaph.
Darwin High was the only school to be invited to attend the event. Our Year 12 student Michael Neill, who delivered the Ode at the Bombing of Darwin commemoration in February, was invited to deliver the Ode in the presence of His Royal Highness.
DHS teacher Judy Boland said that
Michael did so, with all the aplomb of a veteran
After the formalities, His Royal Highness spoke with Michael and his parents, and then most of the students forming the Honour Guard, including Year 11 student Chianne Ryan, who was tasked with opening and closing the car door for him.
Thank you to Judy Boland for providing our students the opportunity to participate in such a fantastic event that will no doubt be long remembered as a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Pictured above from left: The Lord Mayor Mr Kon Vatskalis, the Chief Minister the Hon Michael Gunner, HRH Prince Charles, Michael Neill, Ms Suzi Kapetas, and MC Mr Tom Pauling.