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Lest We ForgetPosted in Archive on Wednesday, 26 April, 2017

Mandurah Catholic College held two services today to commemorate Anzac Day with reverence and solemnity.

Secondary school students and staff gathered in the College gymnasium to pay their respects to past and present members of the Australian Armed Forces and to listen to Mr Kevin Fowler, president of the Mandurah RSL, tell of his personal Anzac experiences from during the Vietnam War.

Naval Chief Petty Officer, David Priddy, spoke of the historical importance that 1917 holds for the Royal Australian Navy; it being one of the most significant years of Australian naval service on the global war front.

Mr Drew Walsh, Head of Year 7, added a distinctive touch of poignancy to the service, playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes while Year 8 students presented floral wreaths to the two guest speakers and College principal, Mr Chris Wallace, who placed them at the base of the flagpole. The College Senior Choir sang Abide With Me and several students were members of the Catafalque Party, guarding the flag for the duration of the service with dignity and respect. Bugler, Mr Tony Schraven, played The Last Post as the gathering of more than 1000 students, staff and invited guests silently reflected on the significance of Anzac Day.

The Secondary School Anzac Day Service was coordinated by the College’s Humanities and Social Sciences Learning Area.

Junior School students attended a separate service where Mr Fowler spoke to the students about the effects of war on nature.