College pays tribute
DESPITE being at a young school, students at Varsity College in
Robina understand the meaning behind Anzac Day.
More than 1200 students from the middle and senior school packed the assembly hall for a solemn ceremony featuring students paying tribute to the Anzacs through song, speech, drama and traditional silence.
Teacher and Anzac Day co-ordinator Ivan Brkich said the school made welcome representatives from more than 10 organisations who have attended the ceremony since the school opened in 2002 including the Mudgeeraba Light Horse and RSL, Australian War Graves Commission, several veterans associations, the War Widows Guild as well as Queensland Liberal Party leader Bob Quinn and local councillor Jan Grew.
Mr Brkich said some of these organisations had been coming since the College's first Anzac Day ceremony.
"Although we're a young school, we still have a lot of history and ever since we opened we have invited these organisations here and some of them have come every year," he said.
"They have been fantastic and they look forward to coming back to the school every year because of the effort we put in recognising them on Anzac Day."
Apart from the day itself, Anzac Day at the school forms an educational component stretching back weeks before the event which includes the making of wreaths, research of Australian involvement in war, research on particular diggers and other activities which help students understand what it's all about.
"It's pretty self evident at the ceremony that our students really understand what the day is about," Mr Brkich said.