The commemoration of past and present Australian soldiers is an incredibly important part of our culture.

This year Macquarie College was represented by both our Senior and Junior school captains at the Wallsend ANZAC Day dawn service. This moving service allowed our students to march with Returned Service personnel and locals currently serving in our military forces.

The captains laid flowers on the Cenotaph to represent our respect for those who have suffered or lost their lives to protect our future.

We continued ANZAC commemorations during our Wednesday Chapel service. The school had the opportunity to hear about the significance of ANZAC Day more than 100 years after the first commemoration in 1916. Our service lead out by students, Mr Goss and Mrs Jones, spoke about perspectives of war. The stories were told of both the ANZAC and the Turkish troops to hear about both sides of this World War One conflict.

It is important to continue to remember all of those who perished on our behalf, as well as using their experiences to help us change our patterns of behaviour to move towards a better world.