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Anzac Day 2015

25/04/2015
On Friday 24th April we were privileged to have the RSL facilitate a special service for our school. RSL Chaplain Rev Don Moore prepared recounts for four soldiers that entered WW1 from our area. Our captains read the recounts on behalf of those soldiers and added a personal perspective to the service. Friday we were privileged to have the RSL facilitate a special service for our school. RSL Chaplain Rev Don Moore prepared recounts for four soldiers that entered WW1 from our area. Our captains read the recounts on behalf of those soldiers and added a personal perspective to the service.
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We (Goodwood State School and the RSL) have been preparing for this occasion since early last year and have developed a rapport with a New Zealand school. We gathered images from NZ and added them to ours to make a pictorial memorial that includes both local diggers that entered WW1 and students in both schools. At the end of the community service at Woodgate on Saturday 25th we presented the framed pictorial memorial to RSL President Mr Malcolm Webb. On the same day, two other identical memorials were unveiled in New Zealand (Winton RSA and the small school; St Thomas Aquinas). We also have one at our school. The picture unites the four organisations and rekindles the ANZAC bond between our countries.
 
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Our students were each given a picture of a local digger and were given a brief biography of that soldier to take home so they can establish a stronger understanding of the soldiers. At the community service at Woodgate our children marched with their plaques representing the digger they adopted. After the wreath-laying the children laid their plaques on the memorial.
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We are all extremely proud of our students in the respectful and responsible manner they conducted themselves at both services. Our captains were exemplary and we were especially proud of their leadership, high level of responsibility and commitment to their role.
 
My thanks go to all staff for their efforts in helping us to succeed in honouring the occasion.  A special thank you goes to Mrs Byrnes and Mrs Last who attended the community service and assisted us on the day.