Honouring our past to preserve our future

By Nikka Caraig
Choir Leader

On the last day of Term One, staff and students gathered together for the annual WGHS ANZAC Service at lunchtime.

The service was held outside the Events Centre, starting with a welcome from the school’s kapa haka group. During the service, war poems and nurses’ letters were read out, speeches were given from the Head Prefect and Principal, and performances from the Westlake choirs and kapa haka, provided a reflective and commemorative atmosphere.

A respectful silence was observed to honour those who served and lost their lives, Charlotte Rhodes played the bagpipes and the Last Post was played by Jenny Howe. The service gave our school community an opportunity to pay tribute to those who were lost in the wars, but also to express gratitude for the peaceful time we live in now.

A highlight was a combined performance of ‘In Flander’s Fields’ from all the Westlake choirs (Cantare, Cigno Voce and Nota Bella). As the Choir Leader of Cantare, I am thankful we could communicate through music, the stories that should never be forgotten.

Throughout all generations, I think that it is so incredibly important that we acknowledge our past in order to improve upon the future.

Photos by Ivy Tan, Year 13, and Aimee Wheeler

 

 

 

 

 

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