Each year for Remembrance Day, students, parents and the wider school community gather at a special Remembrance Day assembly to honour the sacrifices made by so many Australians in wars past and present. Students run and present outstanding pieces of research, poetry and art to mark the occasion.
Invited guests, such as the president of the Semaphore and Port Adelaide RSL and residents of our local retirement village, are on hand to lay a wreath and the school choir sings moving renditions of wartime related songs and the National Anthem. A gold coin donation fundraiser helps raise money for Operation K-9, which raises money to provide service dogs for returned soldiers.
Students undertake involved research projects to commemorate this day. Research is not always readily available, and this challenges students to dig deeper. Year 5/6 students also connect with residents of the Aveo North Haven Retirement Village, and with service veterans to understand their first-hand experiences. These experiences support our students to understand and appreciate the significance of Remembrance Day. Our indigenous students also research Indigenous soldiers' contribution to war service with our Aboriginal Community Support Worker.