NORTHERN suburbs schools held early commemoration services ahead of Anzac Day next week.
Mercy College in Koondoola, Merriwa Primary and Two Rocks Primary were among the schools that held services in the last week of term.
The college held a combined Easter and Anzac liturgy to remember Jesus’s life and mission, drawing a parallel to the sacrifice made by men and women who died for their country.
A bugler played The Reveille, the wake-up call of the day which also represented the resurrection of Jesus and Year 3 Chi students re-enacted the Stations of the Cross.
Merriwa principal Sue Waterhouse said students sang ‘I Am, You Are, We are Australian’, ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Lanterns’ from Birds of Tokyo as well as Australian and New Zealand national anthems at an April 12 ceremony.
“Our mix of contemporary and traditional music is a way of linking our young Australians with both the present and the past,” she said.
“The ceremony is very formal and the students and staff lay a wreath and observe a minute’s silence.
“The students also read an Anzac poem, ‘Sir’ by Damian Morgan, that honours our serving men and women from a child’s perspective.
“Our ceremony helps the students to remember all of those who served and died on operational service, and to celebrate the spirit of the Anzacs.”
Two Rocks Primary School held its assembly on April 10 with the student council addressing the whole school, guests and parents.
Lieutenant Matthew Hortin spent time with senior students to answer questions about the army and his job with Delta Company 16th Battalion.