On Friday 23 April both campuses held ceremonies to commemorate Anzac Day. This year the theme was Young People Joining Defence, and aimed to highlight the contributions that youths have made to the Defence Force both in Australia and overseas throughout history until the present time. The event was hosted by the College Vice Captains on the 7-9 Campus and the College Captains on the 10-12 Campus. Both ceremonies featured a Catafalque Party made up of Army, Navy and Air Force Cadets who formed an Honour Guard. Other highlights included, guest speakers SGT Best and SGT Thomas; readings; a moving PowerPoint presentation; the laying of wreath; The Last Post and a minute’s silence; the Rouse; and the national anthem.
The College ceremonies aim to teach students and community members about the significance of Anzac Day. This year’s ceremonies were attended by all Palmerston College students and staff along with special guests including, the Administrator of the Northern Territory, Chief Minister, City of Palmerston Mayor, local politicians, members of the RSL and other community groups. Our invited guests were able to meet student leaders at a morning tea on the conclusion of each ceremony.
Special thanks to our Defence Mentor, Sheryle Schmode for organising the ceremonies and Anita Newman for her work preparing the cadets. We would also like to acknowledge support of all College staff & students who helped to make these ceremonies possible.