ANZAC Day is a significant day in Australia and New Zealand's history, as it commemorates the brave soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign during World War I. Rockhampton Girls Grammar School gathered as a community on Monday 24 April for a moving tribute to those men and women who served and continue to serve our country. Our annual ANZAC Day assembly with special guests Robert Lang and Graham Ivers served as a reminder to honour and pay respect to those who fought for our countries.
As a school, it is crucial to reflect on ANZAC Day and understand its significance. This day serves as an opportunity for students to learn about the sacrifices made by the soldiers and understand the impact of war on individuals, families, and communities. It also allows students to appreciate the freedom and rights they have today because of the efforts of those who fought in the past.
Reflecting on ANZAC Day allows students to learn valuable lessons about courage, resilience, and sacrifice as well as the importance of working together, standing up for what is right, and making sacrifices for the greater good.
Reflecting on ANZAC Day and its significance helps students understand the importance of national identity and pride. Learning about the history of Australia and New Zealand and the bond formed between our two countries, the struggles faced, and how they were overcome, this knowledge can help students appreciate the culture and traditions of their country and foster a sense of pride and patriotism.
Reflecting on ANZAC Day is not only about learning history but also about promoting empathy and compassion. Developing an understanding of the impact of war on soldiers, their families, and the wider community fosters empathy and compassion for others and understanding the importance of supporting those who are in need.
It was clear through the students’ silent and sombre reflection at Monday’s assembly, and by Year 12 students as they held pride of place at Tuesday’s dawn service candlelight vigil and by staff and students representing Girls Grammar during the town march, the significance of ANZAC day and it’s messages are felt strongly today. We thank those who have given their lives for our freedom today. Lest we forget.