Hastings Valley Community of Schools walk united to commemorate the Centenary of ANZAC | Hastings Secondary College

26 Apr 2018
The ANZAC spirit was alive and well in the Port Macquarie-Hastings.

Hastings Secondary College student representatives from Port Macquarie Campus and Westport Campus under the banner of Hastings Valley Community of Schools led their schools in the 100 Year Centenary ANZAC March.

Students, teachers, and parents and carers from Hastings Secondary College Port Macquarie Campus, Hastings Secondary College Westport Campus, Hastings Public School, Lake Cathie Public School, Port Macquarie Public School, Tacking Point Public School, Telegraph Point Public School and Westport Public School community joined with the broader Port Macquarie community to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC.

Ms Owen said, “Students from each of the schools, the College and its partner primary schools, marched with dignity and laid wreaths in honour of those who sacrificed for our nation.”
 
It was a privilege to watch our cadets across all our forces march to honour the service of Australia's veterans. 

School Captain, Nathan Barnett, addressed the crowd at the dawn service under conditions of darkness and rain reflecting on the ANZAC spirit and soldier qualities of bravery, compassion, loyalty, mateship, endurance and self-sacrifice.

"With pride I accepted the opportunity to lead the dawn address", added Nathan.  
 
“These soldiers extraordinary act of self-sacrifice is remembered every year, and today on behalf of Hastings Secondary College I take the time to pay our respects and say thank you for the freedom that we have today.”

The Australian and New Zealand anthems were sung by former student and music artist Blake O'Connor. The crowd was left silent with his gift of song.

The trumpet sounded the “Last Post,” then the Ode was read followed by a minute’s silence, giving us all a chance to reflect on the Spirit of the ANZAC, and what it means personally for us all.

It was with the greatest of pride and honour that Hastings Valley Community of School march united and was part of the 100 Year Centenary Port Macquarie ANZAC Day parade.
 
Thank you for all who marched and to their families who enable them to be present to commemorate ANZAC Day.

Lest we Forget.