Thu, April 27, 2017

ANZAC memorials at Sheldon College are always a sombre occasion and the morning service on Monday 24 April was no different.

Teachers, students, parents, friends and community members experienced a moving ceremony.

The service was hosted by the College Captains and Vice Captains and pictorial tributes to fallen Sheldon College Family members were encapsulated in a beautiful media presentation.

As guests entered the foyer of the Sheldon Event Centre they were surrounded by ‘Walls of Remembrance’ acknowledging the sacrifices made by past and present members of Sheldon College Families.

A moving recollection of visiting war memorials overseas was delivered by Mr Alastair Tomkins (Performance Manager). Mr Tomkins spoke of his time in France visiting a school in Villers-Bretonneux. Mr Tomkins then went on to read a picture-story book titled ‘Two Pennies’ by Brisbane author Vicki Bennett. The story focuses on a little boy’s attempt to raise money to assist with the re-building of this school in Villers-Bretonneux after the war.

Guests were entertained by various Sheldon College vocal ensembles accompanied by the Sheldon College Concert Band. Alumnus (2005) Iain Henderson returned to Sheldon College, after time spent studying ‘Voice’ in the United Kingdom, to deliver a beautiful rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. We were delighted to have Jacob Martin, Alumnus (2016) return to deliver the ‘Ode to the Fallen’ with Mr Joshua Sinclair, Alumnus (2005), on trumpet, following with the ‘Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’.  Major Piper Bruce Grice, on bagpipes, returned to Sheldon College for the ‘Lament- Flowers of the Forest’.

Our guest presenter for this year was Sapper Fred Smith who shared stories of his peace – keeping missions in Afghanistan and the South Pacific. Following Mr Smith’s presentation, a performance of his ‘Sappers Lullaby’ was delivered to a sombre audience. Mr Smith is currently touring Queensland with his show ‘Dust of Uruzgan’.

Sappers from Enoggera Barracks together with one of their bomb squad dogs also joined our service and delivered a presentation to the Junior College students about the animals who serve our country.

To complete the emotion filled service all guests, including the Wellington Manor residents were served morning tea by the Year 8 Middle College Leaders.