Remembrance Day 2017

November 17, 2017

Middle & Senior School

On Friday 10 November, Pedare held their Remembrance Day Service at the Middle and Senior School. We were once again honoured to have the Catafalque Party and the Bugler, who played the Last Post, attend this moving service. Guest speaker, Lieutenant McDermott, from RAAF Base Edinburgh gave a speech before Nathan White, Year 10, spoke about a family member who had served and lost his life during WW1. This was followed by Ms Kuhlmann placing the wreath at the Cross and then the minute silence.

At the conclusion of the Remembrance Day Service, students were encouraged to spend a few minutes looking at the Wattle Courtyard Memorial.

When World War 1 broke out in 1914 (103 years ago), Tea Tree Gully was a farming community with a population of approximately 1500 people. 111 men from this area enlisted and served in the armed services during this war.

Pedare’s Wattle Courtyard Memorial contains names of men who belonged to three churches in the Tea Tree Gully area who served in WW1. The Memorial also includes a cross for those who sacrificed their lives whilst serving their country. The three churches, Golden Grove Uniting, Greenwith Uniting and Tea Tree Gully Anglican, are still operating today.

Mention was made that Pedare students who belong to the Golden Grove Football and Cricket clubs, would have played on Harper’s Field. That oval was named after the two Harper brothers, whose names are on the Wattle Courtyard Memorial and who lost their lives at only 20 and 23 years of age fighting for their country.

A short video is below.

 We will remember them.

Junior School

Due to the Junior School Sports Day being held on Friday, a special Remembrance Day Assembly was held on Monday 13 November. Students acknowledged the significance of the occasion with calm and silence during the service, an impressive accomplishment for our younger year levels. Ms Clifton and our Junior School Captains read bible verses, prayed for those who have served, or are currently serving in Australia’s armed forces and outlined why we pause for Remembrance Day.

Mr Pearce spoke about John 15:9-13

“Jesus said to his disciples, Here is my command. Love each other, just as I have loved you. No one has greater love than one who gives his life for his friends”

Following this verse and short video presentations the ode was recited, the last post played and students stood still for a minute silence. After the National Anthem students paid their respects by laying handmade wreaths and poppies at the bottom of our flag poles.

A video from the service can be seen below.

We will remember them.

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