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2017 Anzac Commemoration

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The commemoration was very well supported by members of our community. We thank Warrant Officer Te Kani Te Wiata and Able Musician Oliver Furneux from the Royal New Zealand Navy for their excellent contribution to this important event in the school’s calendar.The crosses on our field of remembrance, along with the wreaths made by each class, will be in place on the lawn by the office until the end of this week. In October last year I was privileged to be able to visit a Commonwealth War Cemetery in Crete that contained the graves of so many ANZAC servicemen from  the WWII Battle of Crete. As WO Te Kani mentioned in his address when he spoke of visiting war cemeteries in Belgium and France last year, I was struck by this sheer numbers of ANZAC graves kept in immaculate condition. It was humbling to know that these young men, some seemingly barely beyond secondary school age, gave their lives so future generations could have the privilege of living in a democracy. These service men and women who lie in foreign soil gave the ultimate sacrifice and are the ultimate example of ‘Not Self but Service’.