Mindarie Primary School commemmorated the Anzac Centenary at assembly

Year 6 students Kalani Payne, Jake Willmott, at front with wreath, Neve Macleod, Nic Wood and Luke McGuiness, sitting, and Josh Griffiths and Harrison Cook, at rear. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d428406
Year 6 students Kalani Payne, Jake Willmott, at front with wreath, Neve Macleod, Nic Wood and Luke McGuiness, sitting, and Josh Griffiths and Harrison Cook, at rear. Picture: Emma Goodwin www.communitypix.com.au d428406

YEAR 6 students at Mindarie Primary School paid tribute to the Anzacs last Thursday in a special assembly commemorating the 100-year anniversary of the first troops departing Albany shores.

After studying Perth author Dianne Wolfer’s Lighthouse Girl, students in Wendy McNally’s class created an entertaining radio play based on the novel to share with the school.

‘The story was based on true events that occurred in the early days of World War I,’ principal Barbara Bromley said.

‘It centred on 15-year-old Fay Howe, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper on Breaksea Island, off Albany, where Fay witnesses first-hand the massive Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force amass in King George Sound.’

Ms Bromley said the assembly was an opportunity for students in all year groups to learn about the role Albany played in Anzac history.

‘We owe it to our students to make sure that they are aware of and respectful of this history,’ Ms Bromley said.

‘We should use all these opportunities to build our students’ knowledge of what has shaped our country and we should ensure that they are respectful of the opportunities that the sacrifices made by our forefathers afford them and us today.’

The assembly also included a performance from the senior choir of The Green Hills of Albany, raising of the flags and laying of the memorial wreath, a performance of Last Post and a photo montage to close the ceremony.