The first week this term has had a strong theme of Remembrance leading up to ANZAC Day tomorrow. On Monday and Tuesday, students from Years 3 to 8 helped make and set out the white crosses for our Field of Remembrance. Classes 1 and 2 made poppies which they laid on the field during our ceremony on Wednesday morning. The ceremony itself was a moving occasion and it was excellent that some parents could join us for that. We heard a tribute to ANZACS killed at Gallipoli from Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the first president of modern Turkey, which is a very moving piece.
“Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives… You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There is no difference between the Jonnies and the Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here in this country of ours … You, the mothers who sent their sons from faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace. After having lost their lives on this land they have become our sons as well”.
At Friday morning’s assembly, seven volunteers from Year 7 and 8 spoke about aspects of World War I with a particular focus on technological and medical advances that were made. One particular fact that stood out was that at the beginning of WWI less than 20% of soldiers with fractured bones survived and by the end of the war this ratio had been transformed to more than 80%. This was primarily a result of the “Thomas Splint” developed by a pioneering orthopaedic surgeon called Hugh Owen Thomas. Overall the quality of research and standard of presentations were particularly high.
Anzac Day Observed National Holiday – Monday
We look forward to seeing the children back at school on Tuesday after the national holiday on Monday.
School Tour – Thursday 30th April – 9.15am – 10.30am
Our first School Tour for the term will be held next Thursday from 9.15am until 10.30am. If you know anyone who would be interested in coming to look at the school, please let them know they are welcome to attend once they have booked through the school office. Thank you.
Fundraising Cake Sale – Friday 1st May at 3pm
Our fundraising cake sales begin this term with Class 8 on Friday. Healthy home baked and prepared items will be offered for $1 or 50 cents with the proceeds going to a charity chosen by the class. Thank you for your support.