The Ulumbarra Theatre was a place of hushed respect today as the BSSC community gathered for its 2022 Anzac Ceremony.
The annual event is a time for all students and staff, along with members of the RSL, Alumni, and the wider community to come together and remember the contributions made by all those who served in wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations.
Hosted by the Student Leadership executive (Ciaran Noble, Ilise Laidlaw Grealy, Sam Graham, Muhammad Khan, Brooke Mazey and Caleb Nancarrow), the event featured performances by student musicians, including the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems, and renditions of Pink Floyd’s ‘Us and Them’ and the Dixie Chicks’ ‘Travelin’ Soldiers’.
There were also presentations by RSL President, Peter Swandale, and special guest speaker, Glenn Ludeman, who spoke passionately about the many ways Australian Defence Force personnel make a difference in people’s lives.
“They work on the sea, in the air, on the ground,” he said. “As they stand guard, patrol, make secure areas, others are building schools and hospitals and are bringing the hope of a better life to those less fortunate. I believe this would still make the Gallipoli soldier proud.”
Today’s ceremony was also attended by 98-year-old alumnus and World War II veteran, Pierce Grenfell. Mr Grenfell enrolled at the college in 1935.
A big thank you to our student hosts, Ciaran Noble, Ilise Laidlaw Grealy, Sam Graham, Muhammad Khan, Brooke Mazey and Caleb Nancarrow, to Amelia Leach and Zarli Stewart for the Acknowledgement of Country, and to the many musicians who helped make the ceremony so meaningful: Jade Cuskelly, Sonnie Hannaford, Elisha Field, Alana Jurisic, Kalo Davis, Yanfeng Ross, Hanley Rorke, Jonah Zoch, Tas Careedy, Adeline Sanders, Ethan Teasdale, Lily McKenny, Roman Martin and Ellie Close.
The Last Post was performed by BSSC Alumnus, Ethan Chuter.