The St Laurence’s College community came together on Friday, 24 April to celebrate the unison of both the 100 year anniversary of the landing of Gallipoli and the college centenary.
The college marked the special events with a poignant ANZAC ceremony. Students, parents, teachers and guests attended and the college were honoured to host a number of Old Boys who have become prominent Australian Serviceman or members of the QLD Police Service.
Old Boy and Navy Warrant Officer, Martin Holzberger who graduated from the school in 1985 returned to address the community on the significance of the ANZAC story while past students including Major Patrick Batch, Captain Kieran Shaw and Corporal Peter McNulty also returned to lay wreaths. St Laurence’s students laid wreaths with their parents as a sign of respect and remembrance. It was an important service for St Laurence’s Head of Administration, Natalie Casey, whose grandfather served in WWII. Her son William, who is a student at the school, proudly wore a number of his medals as they laid a wreath together to remember him.
The St Laurence’s College Choir played The Last Post which was followed by a minutes silence and in a display of ANZAC spirit, both the New Zealand and Australian National Anthems. The ceremony was followed by a morning tea for Old Boys and college guests.
Word by Julia Baker | Images supplied by St Laurence’s College