Weld Square PS hosts Anzac service


RSL Bedford-Morley sub branch president Russell Shearing-Jones speaking to students from Weld Square Primary School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d481595
RSL Bedford-Morley sub branch president Russell Shearing-Jones speaking to students from Weld Square Primary School. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d481595

WELD Square Primary School’s choir made its debut at the school’s first Anzac service for the past couple of years on April 12.

The choir sang Lest We Forget and Put a Little Love in Your Heart together with the school in front of about 50 community members.

Bedford-Morley RSL president Russell Shearing-Jones, who served in the Royal Australian Air Force for 20 years, delivered a speech at the school for the first time.

“It is always good to come to a new school and give a speech,” he said.

“I joined just after Vietnam (War), 1977 and I did 20 years with the air force as a firefighter.

“I was involved in quite a few aircraft crashes, rescuing pilots and bushfires, assisting the civilian firefighters with bushfires all around Australia.”

RSL Bedford-Morley sub branch president Russell Shearing-Jones.

Mr Shearing-Jones, who worked on the construction of parts of the school, said Anzac Day was an opportunity to remember people who sacrificed their lives for the country and freedom.

Principal Nicole Kovalevs said teaching students about the culture and history of Anzac Day was important.

“We actually have not had an Anzac service here for a couple of years so we are really delighted that the local RSL can contribute in that way,” she said.

“Anzac Day is about reflecting on the past but planning for the future.

“War is not great and we are thinking what we can do so that does not happen again.

“We have been having very much a future focus but also looking at all the traditional elements of Anzac biscuits, the symbols of poppies, Rosemary for Remembrance that are carried on from generation to generation.”

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