St Leonard’s commemorates ANZAC centenary with 1200 poppies

​Almost 2000 members of the St Leonard’s College community came together at a special ANZAC Ceremony on Friday 24 April to commemorate the Centenary of the Gallipoli landings.

Students and staff were joined by members of the College council and a number of distinguished guests including Councillor Felicity Frederico – Mayor of Bayside City Council, Lieutenant Commander Helen Ward RANR and Midshipman Riley Tonc (OC 2012). The service commenced with a march – led by the College’s Marching Band – up the Norm Fary driveway and around the Harefield Roundabout, which was adorned with 1200 poppies handmade by all members of the College community.
All in attendance were asked to pause and reflect on the human qualities of courage, mateship, and resilience embodied by our servicemen and women, and how important these remain in our lives today. A genuine Gallipoli Lone Pine Tree has been planted in front of the Year 5 and 6 building as a lasting reminder of this significant and formative moment in our nation’s history.
The College’s Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony, together with the Senior Choir, provided the musical accompaniment to a poignant ceremony. Staff members Barry Tudor and Ken McAlpine performed a moving rendition of The Green Fields of France, and the haunting notes of the Last Post as performed by student bugler Charlie Pattinson commanded a minute’s silence of remembrance across the audience.
St Leonard’s College is proud of its involvement in a number of ANZAC commemorative events in 2015. Year 11 student, Sam Slykhuis, and Head of Humanities, Mr Ashley Wood, have been selected to attend the Gallipoli Dawn Service tour as part of the Victorian Government’s ANZAC Centenary initiative, and almost 200 students in various College ensembles will perform at the Hampton RSL’s Dawn Service at the Green Point Cenotaph in Brighton from 5.30am on ANZAC Day.
Lest we forget.