School Captain, Amelia Skerrett, presented the students’ perspective on ANZAC Day’s importance to them, when she followed the Caloundra SHS students’ observations, at the Caloundra ANZAC Day Centenary held at King’s Beach. Amelia was highly impressive in her unique, careful, gentle, considered and highly articulate style. Rather than provide a generic or simply orthodox rendition on a theme that has been discussed many times in Australian society and culture, Amelia talked about her New Zealand heritage and her two Great Grandfathers who were at the Gallipoli landing. This was a personal family perspective, with undeniable pride for having a direct connection to that poignant ANZAC battle in WWl. Amelia also addressed the CCPS School Assembly on Tuesday to discuss her experience of presenting to an audience of 5,000 on ANZAC Day. In her unassuming manner she related how she had been incredibly nervous, but being well prepared and confident with her content, she found that when the moment came it was natural to want to tell her family’s tale with warmth and humanity. She is a delightful person and we are very proud of how brilliantly she has represented our school at this very important community occasion. Our children on at least three separate ANZAC occasions, School Assembly, the Dawn Service, and the 9.30am students’ march were impeccably presented and very impressive. I am very grateful to them for their very appropriate demeanour at each of these public occasions, in representing their school so well.

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