Our School joined together on the day before the ANZAC weekend to commemorate ANZAC is this 100th year of the Gallipoli landings. Our ANZAC service brought together a true display of respect and pride in our school with so many staff and students alike contributing to a very special service.
A number of activities took place in the lead up to ANZAC day this year. These activities were focused on developing and understanding of ANZAC day and it’s meaning to each of us and our school and country. In TAS, staff led students in preparing and cooking ANZAC cookies in Technology Mandatory classes and making a milk chocolate ANZAC slice with the year 11 hospitality class. The HSIE staff delivered lessons on the Gallipoli landing and commemorating ANZAC day. The lessons focused on understanding what the ANZAC Centenary is and the events that took place 100 years ago at Gallipoli; a focus on the soldiers and their experiences on the battlefields of Gallipoli and the communities in Australia that they left behind; and an examination of the names of the 431 individuals from the Sutherland Shire who served in the first world war. In English our teachers led lessons for students in English focussing on the poem “In Flanders Fields” and looking at the symbolism of the poppy.
In commemoration of the 100 years of ANZAC, students enrolled in the school’s construction and landscaping course and other volunteers have constructed a memorial to our ANZACS. The cenotaph made out of brick and concrete construction is located in the precinct of the school’s 50th anniversary garden. The cenotaph stands within the schools flag poles and was the centre piece of the school’s NAZAC service this year and for future years. It will remain as an integral part of the school’s culture and history.
Our Year 7 students have each participated on planting 100 Rosemary plants (Rosmarinus officianlis ’Gallipoli Rosemary’) along the front of the school from the front gate through to the prominent school sign along the Princes Highway as a living memorial to commemorate the centenary of ANZAC. Further, as a sign of remembrance in commemorating the 100 Years of ANZAC, Gymea Technology High School Students have each made their own poppy flower, scribing a message and pinning these to the schools fence along the Princes Highway. Each student from years 7 through to 12 have proudly joined in to mark their individual sign of remembrance.
Our prefects organised and sold ANZAC cookies around the school raising funds for legacy and joined in with the student leadership assembly to provide rosemary to the school for our ANZAC service this year.