The relationship between Kaiapoi High School and the Kaiapoi RSA is a strong one. It is with pride that our senior students are an integral part of the ANZAC Day memorial services held in Kaiapoi each year. This year our involvement also included two students speaking at the Woodend service. These were Pirika Sinclair-Phillips and Tessa Taylor. Both represented the School well and were commended for their speeches by the President of the RSA, Neil Price.
The Dawn Service is always a particularly poignant one, with the sun breaching the horizon as the service is underway at the cenotaph on Quay Street. There was a large crowd to witness and pay tribute to lives lost and maimed in the name of Peace. Our trio of Destiny Robson, Jamie Neeson-Pene and Kayci McGrath led the Australian and New Zealand National Anthems at both the Dawn Service and the 10:00am Wreath Laying service at Trusselot Park. Jacob Harford’s speech was fitting for the occasion and this was followed by Jamie’s rendition of the poem ‘Flanders Fields’.
The 10:00am service takes on a different tone, with large numbers of students from Kaiapoi North, Kaiapoi Borough and St Patrick’s, along with other service organisations, forming a passageway as the commemorative wreaths were marched to the venue. Two senior students, Olivia Silby and Ben Jarrett, laid the wreath on behalf of the school. Again we had our senior students take centre stage with a heartfelt emotional speech delivered by Head Boy, Karl Meyers, and another equally as emotive and inclusive speech delivered by Head Girl, Destiny Robson.
The phrase ‘Lest we Forget’ is associated with ANZAC Day. The relationship between Kaiapoi High School and the Kaiapoi RSA will mean that ‘They are never Forgotten’.