The Matthew Flinders Anglican College community came together to commemorate this year's ANZAC Day through numerous events, including a College assembly on Friday, 22 April to honour those who have served and celebrate their spirit of pride.
The Flinders Wind Symphony, conducted by Mr John Thomas, led the assembly with a beautiful rendition of 'The Pacific', followed by a reading of 'The Ode' by Nethra C (Year 9) and Rishi A (Year 9).
Together, students, staff and guests observed one minute's silence after Jack R (Year 12) played the haunting sounding of 'The Last Post'. The school community then sang the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand.
It was an emotional morning as student lay wreaths in remembrance of the fallen, paying their respects to service men and women, past and present.
Thanks goes to our student Army and Air Force cadets and to all students who played a part in helping our Flinders community commemorate this incredibly important occasion.
On Monday, 25 April, the official Buderim Community ANZAC Day Parade was held in the main street of town, and it was wonderful to see so many Flinders students, staff and their families present. Students wore relatives' service medals, paying tribute to those who have served to defend our freedoms and the way of life we know today.
Again, Mr John Thomas conducted the Wind Symphony who performed a beautiful adaptation of Kenneth Alford's famous march, 'Colonel Bogey,' in the outdoor setting at the parade. The College's Choir Captains helped to lead the hymns and national anthems that were sung at the service. The College is grateful to every staff member, parent volunteer and supporter who assists our student musicians to experience and enjoy these public performance opportunities. To see a short 30-second clip of this performances, please visit this link.
It is through these special commemorative events that our students, staff and families are able to observe and live the College's core values in action: Courage, Respect, Compassion and Integrity.
These experiences are rewarding for us all as we feel are able to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and give back to our wider community in positive and respectful ways.