School principal, Paul O’Heir was grateful for the 2014 school leaders’ successful efforts in applying for a Local Government grant to fund the garden. “The commemorative garden represents the legacy of peace and freedom given to us by our service men and women, prompting us to consider what kind of legacy we will leave,” said Mr O’Heir.
Members of the Parents and Friends Association were also thanked for their contribution to the grant application as was the school canteen which contributed funds in addition to the grant.
Fr Tony Potts blessed the new garden and prayed for peace and for those who had died and suffered in war, while Mr Fitzgibbon spoke to students about the garden’s significance as a pleasant place and a constant reminder of how we can make the world a better place. “As a school and community, we need to work hard to ensure the courage, sacrifice and pain of our service men and women is never forgotten,” said Mr Fitzgibbon.
The hand-stitched ANZAC memorial banner displayed at the liturgy was created by pastoral care worker, Lorraine Pearce-Adams in addition to an ANZAC display inside the school’s administration building.