There has been a long tradition at Dandenong High School to hold commemoration assemblies to honour those who fought for and those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend the freedom of Australia.These assemblies are held on the day nearest to Anzac Day in memory of the first fighting forces who landed at Gallipoli. We remember also those former students who have fought in the many wars since 1914 and how proud we are that they were students at our school.
The assemblies were held at the Senior and Junior levels and the Year Seven students were introduced to one of our most cherished traditions. The Assembly began with the choir singing the two verses of “Advance Australia Fair” and this was followed by an address from our Principal , Mrs. Ogden who spoke on what Anzac Day means to us and ended with a story of a stretcher bearer from New South Wales who risked his life carrying wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Mr. Chris Wardlaw, the Executive Officer of “Carry on Victoria” and a member of the RSL spoke on the Anzac spirit and what we owe to those who paid the supreme sacrifice. Mrs. Greta Jungwirth, Ex Students Association President, explained the connections the school had with the first World War, as our first Headmaster, Mr. Percy Langford, gave the school its distinctive colours of red and the two blues which had been the colours of his own regiment. The two school captains then addressed the students with what Anzac Day meant to them and how important it was to respect the traditions of Anzac Day. The ceremony continued with the laying of the House wreathes by the House Captains, the School wreathe and the Ex-Students Association wreathe. After laying of the wreathes we had the official remembrance by the school led by Mr.Ogden with the Last Post, the Ode of Remembrance and the Reveille.
Our Principal, Mrs Ogden, addresses the Assembly on what ANZAC Day means.
Mr. Chris Wardlaw spoke on the ANZAC spirit and what we owe to those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
Our students stand in quiet reflection to remember the sacrifices of the ANZAC soldiers.
The official remembrance by the school led by Mr.Ogden with the Last Post, the Ode of Remembrance and the Reveille.