Anzac Service 2017

On Wednesday 5 April, 22 Year 11 Modern History students were fortunate enough to attend the All-Schools Anzac Commemoration Service in Hyde Park.

This service is always well attended by schools from across NSW from all sectors of education – Independent, Catholic and State. This year we were blessed with good weather and were equally fortunate to partake in the first ceremony at the newly renovated Hyde Park Memorial. Our students were treated to a sobering service which reflected on Australian contributions in all wars, but particularly the battles in and around Ypres in 1917.

All students conducted themselves with the customary dignity and good grace that one would expect of Loreto Normanhurst girls. Once again, the RSL were grateful for the wreath that was laid by Hilary Middlebrook and Gabrielle Couter on behalf of the whole Loreto Normanhurst community.

Involvement in events like these are tremendously valuable learning experiences for our students, particularly our Modern History students who study WW1. Furthermore, these events allow the girls to engage with the wider community who are always keen to speak to them about their study of history and their understanding of what transpired in the wars.  

Year 10 History students have also been involved in a community activity associated with Anzac Day. Girls from 10D, 10H and 10E busily constructed some Anzac poppies on the last day of term for the “Poppy Project” run by Hornsby Council. Poppies made by the girls and others are now displayed on a “Poppy Wall” at Hornsby Library. The girls took care in crafting these poppies and wrote some beautiful messages on them to those who  have been affected by war.

I would like to encourage all members of the Loreto Normanhurst community to inspect our sandstone memorial during Anzac Week which now sits outside the Mary Ward Centre, in front of the three flagpoles.  A wreath was laid at this memorial after our school Anzac service on Wednesday 26 April. I encourage all members of the community to be aware of this memorial and to feel free to lay a wreath or flowers around it from now to Monday 1 May. Students will be encouraged to say a quiet prayer for peace around the memorial between these dates.

 

Mr Marco Scali

Head of History