Lest we forget...

On November 11, schools across the Diocese of Sale took a moment to reflect on Australia’s rich history and remember the brave sacrifices of our men and women.

Mary MacKillop Primary School, Narre Warren

Staff, students and families at Mary MacKillop Primary School knitted poppies for their new welcome garden. The poppies were installed in the garden in time for Remembrance Day.

One student in Year 1 brought in a selection of poppies that were knitted by his aunts, in memory of his Grandmother who passed away the year before as she always knitted poppies for Remembrance Day. The school community have written messages to attach to each of the poppies in honour of someone they love, miss or have lost.

St Brendan’s Primary School, Lakes Entrance

Remembrance Day looked very different at St Brendan’s this year, as COVID-19 restrictions meant the whole school couldn’t gather together like they normally would. Instead, each classroom took a moment to pay respect for those who fought in wars, past and present, and those who stayed behind to keep our country running. Students were encouraged to reflect and remember the bravery of these people.

St Joseph’s Primary School, Orbost

The school community in Orbost gathered in the school courtyard for a commemorative ceremony, where staff and students bowed their heads for a minute of silence for those that have fought to protect Australia.

Daily prayer: Wednesday November 11

"God of Freedom,

on this day of remembrance we give thanks and honour for the lives of those who have helped make our beautiful country a place of freedom and peace.

Your son Jesus showed us that the greatest love is in giving one's life for the sake of others.

May we always remember the generosity and bravery of those who have died in war as they worked for the freedom of others.

Let us strive to be people of peace in our thoughts, words and actions as Jesus has shown us.

We make our prayer in the name of Jesus, Prince of Peace.


Mary MacKillop Catholic Regional College, Leongatha

The college’s Year 10 Youth Ministry students ran a special liturgy on Remembrance Day, which was led via the school’s loudspeaker. Each classroom participated in the liturgy. Special prayers were also read in homeroom.