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ANZAC Day in Canberra

25/05/2015

Anzac Day 2015 was always going to be a momentous occasion for Australians for the 100th Anniversary of this special service. It was an honour and a privilege to commemorate this special day at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra with twelve of our senior students and Mrs Lohmann.

Students had a very early departure to secure front row positions at the dawn service. With over 120,000 in attendance at this year’s service, it was spectacular to view and the silence was awe-inspiring.

Following the dawn service, we attended the Indigenous service on the slopes of Mt Ainslie. Our students were included in the speeches as we are consistent attenders of this unique and special ceremony.  There were tears following the heart warming presentations by Indigenous representatives and our students laid poppies on the memorial.

We are very thankful that our students were graced with seating at the National parade, as spaces in the arena were very limited. Students were able to view the whole parade – including the commemorative address by the Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

As usual our students were excellent ambassadors for Coolum State High School and the Coolum community. They toured the new and old Parliament Houses and did role plays at both venues.

Students also had the opportunity to engage in some more relaxing activities as they cruised on Lake Burley Griffin, were attacked by dinosaurs at the Dinosaur Museum and viewed the photographic prizes at the National Portrait Gallery.

Students were able to be interactive at the Australian Institute of Sport and Quest-a-con Science Centre.

As always, we need to send a huge thank you to the Australian Government which recognises the importance of all young Australians to be able to visit their National Capital as part of their civics and citizenship education.

We have been fortunate to receive the Parliament and Civics Education Rebate (PACER) from the Australian Government to assist students with the travel expenses incurred. We would like to thank the Australian Government for their support of this program.