Our Year 5/6 class, Room 14, participated in the annual ANZAC Youth Parade and Service on Thursday 27 April 2023. Mr Arthur Stanton, who was at our school for our Spearwood ANZAC service and comes each graduation to present the RSL prize, was one of the people who got this lovely tradition started decades ago with the City of Cockburn.
The parade assembled at 9.30am on the verge near the Cockburn City Council in Coleville Crescent. There were 29 schools represented by approximately 1500 students and teaching staff. The parade included the 10th Light Horse Memorial troops, The Scotch College Pipe Band, the City of Cockburn Pipe Band as well as representatives from the Cockburn RSL. The traffic heading East along Spearwood Avenue and the traffic along Rockingham Road was halted while the huge contingency made its way down to the RSL Memorial Park and Field of Poppies on Spearwood Avenue.
The students from different schools do all the readings and the Senior Student ANZAC Address, and students are invited to lay a wreath of remembrance. It has become a popular fixture for our school. Our wreath layers this year were our school Captains, Allen and Rain, who did an amazing job. The Seton Catholic College Choir sang several songs throughout the service.
After the service, fruit and water was provided for all students. Once refreshed we began the long trek back up the hill to school.
We are all very proud of the fantastic behaviour of our students. Students know that we expect them to be great school representatives and they were exactly that for this event. Most importantly they can be proud of themselves.