25th May 2018
It’s the first day of term and our ANZAC Day Service. I’m walking to the chapel and I can hear the peaceful bell ringing in the distance. I walk into the chapel and get given a hymn book, keeping in line I sit down and waited for the ANZAC Service to start.
Mr Short stands up and starts to introduce us to the special day. After that everyone in the chapel stands up to sing, “I Vow to Thee My Country.” We then sit down and Lachie Short comes to the front and reads a poem called “In Flanders Fields.” After Lachie speaks we all stand up and our Headboy, Jack Sutherland, comes to the front and reads the Roll of Honour.
After Jack speaks we go up row by row to get a poppy and place it on the table at the back of the chapel, then our row walks back. When everyone has sat down, Freddy Backhouse gives a reading:
They shall not grow old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn them
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them.
After Freddy speaks, Mr Short comes to the front again and says a Benediction, then we sing the National Anthem.
We then leave the chapel and head out to the quad to look at the white crosses with the names of the people that helped saved our country. The lest we forget Waihi flag gets pulled up the flag post and Seb Ferro plays “The Last Post” on his trumpet, and while he is playing we have are minute of silence.
Then Will Goldsbury walks on to the quad and leads the “school creed.” After we finish the creed we walk out to the rugby pitch and do our gun salute with our canon, Bang! The canon fires twice then we finish up and walk back to the quad.
Written by Ben Donaldson 8PH