War sacrifices remembered

Cecilia AllenSound Telegraph
Air Force cadet Sergeants Samuel French, 16, and Brandon Shaw, 17.
Camera IconAir Force cadet Sergeants Samuel French, 16, and Brandon Shaw, 17.

Gilmore College hosted an Anzac ceremony on April 11 as students, teachers, parents and special guests reflected on the sacrifice of service men and women past and present.

Kwinana MLA Roger Cook, Brand MHR Madeleine King, Lieutenant Commander David Sutherland from the Royal Australian Navy and Professor and Noongar elder Len Collard were among the special guests at the ceremony.

The event included a flag-raising ceremony, a prayer of remembrance, the laying of wreaths, the playing of The Last Post and poems of commemoration.

Maori students from Years 7-12 performed a Haka called Tika Tonu.

Principal Rohan Smith said the school had a long-standing tradition of paying respect to Anzacs and all service people.

“This (the ceremony) is an excellent opportunity to do that,” he said.

The ceremony was hosted ahead of Anzac Day today, before the school closed for the school holidays.

Student councillors Byron Tait, 16, Michellie Jones, 17, Olivia Morton, 17, Australian Navy cadet Sergeant Harrison Ashwin, 14, and principal Rohan Smith.
Camera IconStudent councillors Byron Tait, 16, Michellie Jones, 17, Olivia Morton, 17, Australian Navy cadet Sergeant Harrison Ashwin, 14, and principal Rohan Smith.
New Zealand Maori students from years 7 to 12 performed the Haka.
Camera IconNew Zealand Maori students from years 7 to 12 performed the Haka.
Student councillors Joel Green, 16, and Dylan Van Zuydam, 17.
Camera IconStudent councillors Joel Green, 16, and Dylan Van Zuydam, 17.
City of Kwinana councillor Dennis Wood, and HMAS Stirling CPO Barry Chalk.
Camera IconCity of Kwinana councillor Dennis Wood, and HMAS Stirling CPO Barry Chalk. Credit: Pictures: Cecilia Allen
Brand MHR Madeleine King, and Kwinana MLA Roger Cook.
Camera IconBrand MHR Madeleine King, and Kwinana MLA Roger Cook.

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