Anzac spirit kept alive
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.”
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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