Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event

On Tuesday 5th of April, students from ASPIRE and St Francis Xavier’s College Hamilton, performed at the 66th Annual Newcastle and Hunter ANZAC Commemorative Event at the Civic Theatre.

With the theme, Australian Animals at War, students told stories of the vital and supportive role that animals played in military service. The students are to be commended for their poignant and moving depiction through theatre, that honoured and paid homage to the animals who served.

In 2012, the service of animals in military service became a feature of the changing nature of commemoration. The placement of of plaques in RSL subbranches has increased since then and men and women who have served have sought to have the service of animals who have served and died alongside them recognised. The purple poppy now together with the well-known red poppy, signifies this service.

Heartfelt thanks to ASPIRE Artistic Director, Ms Anna Kerrigan, and ASPIRE Musical Director, Ms Jessica Lopez, who were integral to the Artistic and Events Team who produced the event, our ASPIRE intern Katie Matthews and to Ms Kim Scully who coordinated the support team of students at the theatre.

The diocese was also well represented by student committee members Josie Boyd and Kirrily Boslem who together performed with Samuel Adey, Gabrielle Brady, Xavier Fogarty, Ben He, Hayden McDonald, Emma McNamara, Ella Movigliatti, Daniel Smith and Mackenzie Thomson.

Lest We Forget.

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