Anzac Day Service

Report on Anzac Day Service Hyde Park, 2016

On April 5, 21 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 schools. This year over 70 schools were in attendance. Loreto Normanhurst were particularly privileged this year because we had been given the honour of selecting one of our girls to act as MC for the event. It was a credit to our school and the Year 11 Modern History cohort that 15 girls put their names down to be interviewed for this role.

It was extra special that every girl that did in fact interview could have fulfilled this role perfectly. Still, only one girl could be selected and this honour went to Cara Fagan of Year 11. All the girls on the day conducted themselves with the customary dignity and good grace that one would expect of Loreto Normanhurst girls. They witnessed a sobering service that focused its reflection this year on the wasteful and destructive battles of 1916 on the Western Front- specifically Fromelles and Pozieres. Cara carried out her duties excellently in the role of MC and was praised widely by the political as well as military dignitaries at the service. Involvement in events like these are tremendously valuable learning experiences for our girls, particularly our Modern History girls who study WW1. As a further point, I would like to encourage all members of the Loreto Normanhurst community to inspect our sandstone memorial which now sits outside the Mary Ward Centre- in front of the three flagpoles. This year, for the first time, a wreath will be laid at this memorial after our school Anzac service on April 27. 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 on Anzac Day this year. Girls will be encouraged to say a quiet prayer around the memorial on the 27th as well as reflect on how privileged they are to live in a time of relative peace in the world. All families should also keep an eye out for a commemorative WW1 memento that will be given to all girls at the start of term 2.

 

Mr Marco Scali

Head of History