During the ANZAC Day March on Monday, our school joined with many local military, service, school and community groups to honour our service men and women, past and present. Our participation in the march shows that we are a proud part of the community but more importantly, it gives us all an opportunity to respect and honour those who laid down their lives for the freedom that we enjoy today.

Often, it is activities like these, where we join with others in our community, which remind us that the students that we teach each day, may well be the future leaders within their communities of tomorrow. Research on student wellbeing shows that connectedness to family, school and the wider community is a key factor in developing strong, resilient, confident young adults. Participation in one or more of the many groups represented at the march, provide the nurturing and support for our students to display and develop their leadership talents.

Many thanks to all in our Guardian Angels’ community, staff, students and parents, for the commitment to honour our nations service men and women, past and present, through our ANZAC Liturgy and attendance at the Wynnum RSL ANZAC Day March.

Honouring the tradition of the ANZAC fills us all with intense feelings of thanks, gratefulness, pride and, from our Catholic perspective, hope. Hope that we may understand significant values, like equality, unity, mateship, courage, love and respect, while having an intense commitment to peace and value for all life.