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Anzac Day 2022

Posted on 26 April 2022

The rain did not stop the Churchie community from honouring the fallen at this year's Anzac Day Ceremony, held on The Flat on Monday 25 April.

This year we experienced some very inclement weather yet the Churchie spirit prevailed, underpinned by a shared understanding of the importance of this day for the School, Australia's servicemen and servicewomen, and our country.

Our tri-service cadets overcame disruptions in their preparation to perform admirably in front of thousands of members of our wider Churchie community, and the Morris Wind Symphony and school choirs provided wonderful musical interludes. 

All our young men can aspire to the advice of the 2022 Reviewing Officer, Flight Lieutenant John Young. Lieutenant Young has served the Royal Australian Air Force for 33 years in command, leadership and advisory roles. He recently returned from deployment in Kabul and started a Special Aircrew Agreement, flying C-27 Spartan aircraft at the RAAF Base Amberley. Lieutenant Young delivered an inspiring address to our community and the 200 cadets on parade. We reflected on the importance of ‘silence’ on this day and in life. The silence before dawn, the one minute’s silence, the eternal silence of the fallen, and the silence to channel our energies and give us clarity when facing challenges and uncertainty. He referred to the traits of courage, mateship, resilience and sacrifice which exemplified the Anzac spirit. In retelling the story of Gallipoli, Lieutenant Young asked us to appreciate and be grateful for what we have and to live the best life we can.

Our freedom did not come for free, and our students recalled the 119 Old Boys and staff who gave their lives in service for their country. For the Year 12 students, placing a flag in memory of a named Old Boy creates a lasting emotional connection.