Due to Anzac Day falling within the school holidays, Wingham High School's Anzac Day Service was conducted on Monday, April 26.
A number of Wingham RSL Sub-branch members were invited to participate in the commemoration held in the Multi Purpose Centre in front of assembled school students.
A warm welcome to all was extended to all by school captain Sarah Busuttil before the official party were piped on to the stage by John Andrews of Wingham Pipes and Drums, after which Lochlen Paulson of year nine read Acknowledgement of Country.
Official guests included Eric Richardson OAM, president of Wingham RSL Sub-branch Terry Gould , executive member of Wingham RSL Sub-branch John Muxlow, president of Wingham High School P&C Kathy McPherson, and trumpeter from Manning Valley Community Band Paul Gallagher.
The National Anthem was lead by Hannah Grauls and Rhiannon Dyet after which school captain Harry Fittock spoke about the significance of Anzac Day and the brave servicemen and women who have served our country during times of war and peace-keeping missions.
Sharli Brown then recited In Flanders Field before Lincoln Harrell announced that Wil Raison, a year nine student, was the recipient of the Eric Richardson Essay Award of $50 for his work titled The Gallipoli Campaign. Wil then presented his speech and read his work.
The talented junior band of four members performed Alec Benjamin's song Colonel's Journal to the delight of all present.
Student Breanna Colvin had researched the inspirational story of Aboriginal soldier, William Irwin and his service during WWI and this was very well delivered by Breanna.
Mr Eric Richardson OAM then presented Wil Raison with his award and this was followed by Terry Gould who presented his Anzac Day address.
John Muxlow then presented books to student representative Ava Beck after which the Ode of Remembrance was delivered by Terry Gould, followed by The Last Post played by trumpeter, Paul Gallagher and a minute's silence before Reveille was sounded.
The official ceremony came to a close with the important symbols which represented the thoughts and feelings of the day carried off the stage led by captains Harry Fittock carrying a digger's hat, Sarah Busuttil carrying the Anzac wreath, Lincoln Harrell and Charlie Taylor carrying rosemary sprigs and Ava carrying a red rose - the symbol of peace. They were then followed by official guests and dignitaries who were piped from the building by John Andrews.
Congratulations to the students on the presentation and behaviour for a very moving service.
The official guests and student leaders were then invited to enjoy morning tea in the staff common room provided by the ladies of the Canteen Committee.