ANZAC Day commemorations

30 April 2020

Catholic schools across the Diocese of Sale found innovative ways to celebrate ANZAC Day in spite of social distancing restrictions.

Some schools limited their ceremonies to key staff and school captains, while others paid their respects by lighting a candle and participating in dawn services from their driveways.

Catholic College Sale

On Friday 24 April, Catholic College Sale college captains, Emily Knobel and Murray Casella, laid a wreath at the St Patrick’s Campus Memorial for ANZAC Day. A short memorial service was also held.

St Francis Xavier College

The heads of campus, college and campus captains at St Francis Xavier College put together a special presentation honouring those who have given their lives in service of this country during wartime. The broader college community was asked to come together in spirit at 9.00am on Friday 24 April to remember those who have fallen.

St Peter’s College

Students from St Peter’s College in Cranbourne and Clyde North participated in the Light up the Dawn End of Driveway Commemoration. Students watched the ABC’s dawn service coverage and then held candles at the end of their driveways during the minute of silence.

Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College

The college captains at Mary MacKillop, Joshua Wright and Lillian Worsfold, and the school’s leadership team, recorded a video of a brief ANZAC Day ceremony that families could watch at home.

St Joseph’s Primary School, Trafalgar

Teachers encouraged families to uphold ANZAC Day traditions by baking ANZAC biscuits and making homemade poppies and wreaths. Many students also made a table display and held a family prayer time to honour the ANZACS.

St Patrick’s Primary School, Stratford

Members of the St Patrick’s school community stood at their front gate to honour ANZAC Day at dawn. Students displayed memorial artworks they created at home during remote schooling.

St Therese’s Primary School, Cranbourne

St Therese’s Primary School sent a video out to the school community where staff and students said the ode.