ABOUT 1900 students attended an early Anzac Day service at Butler College this month.
The school held its commemorative service on the last day of term one, with Quinns Rocks RSL sub-branch president Peter Lofdahl among the speakers.
Organisers said Mr Lofdahl’s speech was engaging, relevant and meaningful to students, who were captivated by the program and the sense of occasion.
“Like many others, my parents came to Australia seeking a better life for themselves and their children,” principal Armando Giglia said.
“Australia embraced them and they embraced Australia. This country has afforded us many opportunities.
“And for that, my family will always be thankful.
“For me, honouring the spirit, the legacy, the tradition of Anzac Day is just a small part of repaying that welcome and saying ‘thank you’.”
Guests, including politicians, partner primary school principals, board members and WA police, received morning tea prepared by the Year 11 food science and technology students after the service.
Students to sing at Quinns Rocks RSL service
SEVERAL Butler College students will be involved in the Quinns Rocks RSL Anzac Day dawn service on April 25.
Music students from the college choir will join their peers from Peter Moyes Anglican Community School, Quinns Baptist College and Irene McCormack Catholic College for the performance.
Butler student Shasian Houia will be singing solo for the opening Maori rendition of the New Zealand national anthem.
Starting at 5.45am at Quinns Rocks Sports Club on Tapping Way, the dawn service is expected to attract between 4000 and 6000 people.
Screens will be used to project the service in overflow areas.