With 2016 being the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme, our students, staff and parents were involved in a myriad ways within the College and the local community.
Our Year 12s met with Captain Simon Boxsell from Canungra Barracks last Wednesday. Captain Boxsell challenged our students to engage in ANZAC Commemorations from a standpoint with which they felt comfortable and to not feel pressured by public expectations on such occasions. Asking our Seniors to question the assumptions underpinning their feelings and attitudes is a skill for life and we were most grateful for Captain Boxsell’s time this year.
The Senior School ANZAC Service was held on Thursday 21 April. The Headmaster spoke of his visit, in 2015, to the Australian War Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, in northern France, where over 770 Australian soldiers are buried. The local school proudly displays a sign in their grounds: Do not forget Australia – confirming the sense of gratitude felt towards the Australians who gave their lives to liberate France even to this day.
Thank you to Mrs Sue Roberts for coordinating the music, the Show Choir for a moving rendition of the New Zealand National Anthem, God Defend New Zealand, and Duncan Hossy for playing The Last Post and Rouse. Mr John Foley and other members of the Mudgeeraba RSL attended, along with veterans with connections with current students. We were also delighted to include in our service some of our students who are Air Force Cadets. Thank you, especially, to Sam Stevenson and Maxim David for co-ordinating this part of our commemorations.
Our Seniors will also be active during public ceremonies across the Gold Coast this weekend. Wreaths will be laid at seven ANZAC Services, including the Currumbin, Burleigh Heads, Mudgeeraba and Surfers Paradise Dawn Services, and Robina, Southport and Runaway Bay Services later that day. The Junior School Service will be held on Wednesday, at 12.00noon, in The Great Hall. Squadron Leader Jarrod Foster is our guest of honour.
Senior School Cross Country Carnival
The new Athletic Facilities were the focal point for this year’s Cross Country Carnivals. The synthetic track formed part of the course with runners sprinting down the home straight in front of the new grandstand – much to the delight of the many parents who attended. As with our Athletics Carnival, this is now a full College event, Pre-Prep to Year 12, one day, one location, one continuous event. The Senior School was present for the Junior School presentations before taking to the new course themselves.
There were many memorable moments on the day. However, one person cannot go without mention: the injured Zach Mark taking off his sling to run and win the Open Boys event. Inspirational stuff from this Laver House stalwart!
For the record, in the Senior School, Starkey won for the first time since 1986(!), with 3303 points, from Laver (3003), Veivers (2941), Franklin (2902) and Andrews (2475). It has been a big week for Starkey as they also took out the Inter-House Rowing Regatta as well. The APS Cross Country Carnival is scheduled for 17 May at Runaway Bay.