Forster Public held service in lead up to Anzac Day

Forster Public School commemorative service participants with Forster Public School councillors, student and speaker Aimee Kempers, school principal Rick Clissold,  organising teacher Ms Egan and special guests Padre Daryll Moran, Terry O'Donnell, Mr Hall, Mr Grech and Nerida Ingram.
Forster Public School commemorative service participants with Forster Public School councillors, student and speaker Aimee Kempers, school principal Rick Clissold, organising teacher Ms Egan and special guests Padre Daryll Moran, Terry O'Donnell, Mr Hall, Mr Grech and Nerida Ingram.

With Anzac Day taking place in the school holidays, Forster Public School held a commemorative service beforehand.

In front of nearly 800 students, guests and presenters, school councillors opened proceedings with a speech about the meaning of Anzac Day and the focus the Department of Veterans’ Affairs has made in recognising the contribution animals have made in Australian warfare history.

They spoke about the role horses, donkeys, camels, dogs and pigeons played as workers and friends.

The school’s senior choir then performed ‘ Spirit of the Anzacs’ before guest Padre Moran recited ‘A Prayer of Remembrance.’

Mr Kinnear then led the school through the Ode before students Aimee Kempers and Lachlan Phillip joined Mr O’Donnell to deliver speeches.

Skipper Don Wright, first skipper Anthony Breen, crew members Frances Breen and Keith Herdon, chaplin Milton Shaw, school councillors Camden Ceccato, Indiana Maher, Jack Duffy, Amber Simpson and Kye Wilkinson with staff members Mrs Susan Gonzales and Mrs Anne Evans aboard the Marine Rescue vessel.

Skipper Don Wright, first skipper Anthony Breen, crew members Frances Breen and Keith Herdon, chaplin Milton Shaw, school councillors Camden Ceccato, Indiana Maher, Jack Duffy, Amber Simpson and Kye Wilkinson with staff members Mrs Susan Gonzales and Mrs Anne Evans aboard the Marine Rescue vessel.

The school was represented at the Anzac Day march and participated in the service at the Lone Pine Memorial in Tuncurry.

The school councillor representatives capped off the day by boarding the Marine Rescue vessel for a trip just outside the Forster break-wall.

Marine Rescue chaplin Milton Shaw delivered prayers while the bugler played ‘The Last Post’.