RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration Service




More than a thousand pupils drawn from all sectors of the NSW education system assembled at the Anzac Memorial in Sydney’s Hyde Park on Tuesday (5 April) morning to commemorate Anzac Day in a service of their own design.

The annual RSL and Schools Remember Service has been held for more than 60 years, and is inclusive, being attended by pupils from as many as 80 schools. The service is a collaboration between the Catholic Education Commission, the Association of Independent Schools, the Department of Education and the RSL NSW State Branch.

The service was conducted entirely by the students themselves, with a focus this year on recognising people’s willingness to sacrifice themselves for their community. Lauren Chapman, a senior pupil at Gilroy Catholic College at Castle Hill, was this year’s guest speaker, while the MC was Cara Fagan from Loreto Normanhurst.

All schools were invited to attend with the option of also nominating one or two student representatives to lay a wreath or flowers during the ceremony, to commemorate the service of the Fallen.

Guests included the Assistant Minister for Education, The Hon Leslie Williams MP, and the RSL NSW State President Rod White AM RFD.

Since 1953 the service has been held on the northern side of the Anzac Memorial, but this year, because of remedial construction works in the forecourt and around the Pool of Reflection, the service was held on the southern (Liverpool Street) side.

The service was traditionally held on a school day in the week before Anzac Day but had to be brought forward when NSW moved to a four-term educational year, which resulted in Anzac Day always falling within the first term holiday break.