The College came together for the ANZAC Assembly held in the Ballajura War Memorial and Peace Park on Thursday April 12.
Police Rangers, student councilors and Year 9 Peer Mentors helped to make this important event an occasion to remember for all students, staff, special guests, parents and community members.
Special guests welcomed to the College included David Lucas, Mayor of the City of Swan, members of the College Board and Ballajura Sub Branch Returned Services League (RSL), Mr Royce Spencer, representing Mr Peter Aspinall, President of the RSL WA Branch and Mr Mark Jones, representing Hon Rita Saffioti.
The Acknowledgement of Country was performed by Year 9 Peer Mentor Brayden Cockroft and Year 12 College Captain and Vice Captain Christy Davidson and Dino Durkalic gave the official welcome.
Year 11 Kayla Peak read the poem ‘Young Dead Soldiers’ by Archibald MacLeish to a rapt audience, and Year 8 Nickolas Pekic played the Last Post and Reveille on the bugle beautifully. The ornate bugle was donated by the RSL (WA).
A respectful hush was held by the audience of more than 1500 people as floral wreaths were laid on the War Memorial by Year 9 Peer Mentors together with special guests.
Mrs Townsend, Ballajura Community College Principal said ANZAC Day was about remembering all Australians who had served and died on behalf of their country.
The ANZACs left a lasting legacy and Mrs Townsend said the spirit of ANZAC, with its admired human qualitied aligned well with the values of the College.
The BCC Choir, the Ballatonix, sang ‘Thank you soldiers’ and the Senior Concert Band marked the end of the ceremony with their musical item. Their timing was perfect – as the last note sounded, the rain that had been holding off finally started to fall.