Week one of Term Two held two significant events, Inter-House Cross Country Carnival and the ANZAC Day Service, both in which identifying true spirit and character amongst all involved.
The Senior School held its ANZAC Day service on Thursday 20 April this year. The service was conducted in the Great Hall and involved a wreath laying ceremony at the ANZAC Memorial. The national anthems of Australia and New Zealand were sung – the latter beautifully performed by the Senior Choir in both English and Maori.
The service theme was ‘eternal love born of the ultimate sacrifice’. In his moving reflection, Richard Gazal, challenged us to think of the ways we can act to show honour and respect for all who have given so much. The sacrifice of the ANZACs was also compared with the theme of Easter for those of Christian faith. The final theme being: we honour and respect all forms of individual sacrifice through our commitment to goodness and decency, every day, and in everything we do.
We would like to thank all those involved in the service, especially our Student Leaders, performers and Airforce Cadets. Thank you also to Sue Roberts for coordinating the musical items.
When asked to think about individuals to recognise from last week’s Cross Country Carnivals, Mr Lunniss found it difficult to single-out people. He thought all students tried their best and so demonstrated ‘Spartan Spirit’.
Some students finished towards the front but, by no means, did it easy. They have trained hard, whether in early morning cross country training sessions or other sports that had developed their fitness; and yet, they were hurting throughout the gruelling race just like those further back.
We acknowledge those people who flourish in other areas – the scientists, the musicians, the actors, the basketballers and the showjumpers – yet, for one day of the year, they are cross country runners. By ‘being their best’, they demonstrate their true personal character.
So to those who had a go and did their best… you are our heroes.
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