Anzac spirit kept alive

Sarah MakseAlbany Advertiser
Students and staff at Albany Primary School’s Anzac Day Service last Thursday morning.
Camera IconStudents and staff at Albany Primary School’s Anzac Day Service last Thursday morning. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

While traditional Anzac Day services have been put on hold across the country, a small group of Albany Primary School students and teachers did their bit to keep the spirit alive in a ceremony on Thursday last week.

Making sure to keep their distance, the school’s 10 remaining students took a moment to pay their respects to honour the nation’s servicemen and women.

Students shared a prayer, The Ode and stood to attention while the Last Post played across the normally bustling courtyard.

Principal Cathy Willis said it was nice to maintain a small sense of tradition during such an uncertain time for the school community.

“It is a very important part of our national curriculum and a very important part about who we are as Australians,” Ms Willis said.

“All the kids are very respectful about Anzac Day and they know how important it is.”

Student flagbearers' William Schupp, Lorna Ings and Milou Buis at the Albany Primary School Anzac Day Service on Thursday morning.
Camera IconStudent flagbearers' William Schupp, Lorna Ings and Milou Buis at the Albany Primary School Anzac Day Service on Thursday morning. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser Picture: Laurie Benson

Year 5 student William Schupp, 10, proudly raised the Australian flag in front of his peers.

“It felt pretty special to raise the flag. I didn’t really think I would be able to do it at first and I eventually gained my courage,” he said.

Before the ceremony, William shared a collection of medals with his classmates that had been passed down through the generations.

He said today was a special day to feel connected to his family history.

“I was pleased to be part of it but at the same time it was sad because I was remembering all of those who had fought in the wars including my great-grandfathers and my two uncles,” he said.

“It is important for everyone to remember because they sacrificed a lot for us.”

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