On the eve of ANZAC Day the School community came together to pause, reflect and give thanks. Every year we join together to pay tribute and remember those who served.
Our Principal, Gerard Foley said, “our country has essentially been free and safe from the devastation and tragedy of war that some of our grandparents and great grandparents have had to live through and cope with in years gone by. Nevertheless, we should be aware of the many areas of war and conflict around the globe – a number involving Australian troops and civilians acting in peace-keeping roles. Our prayers and thoughts continue to be with our soldiers there, as well as the innocent civilians, especially children, for whom these conflicts have made life very difficult and frightening throughout this period of time.”
The School held four commemoration services across three campuses where we acknowledged the first Anzacs - those very brave Australian and New Zealand soldiers who landed in the early dawn 104 years ago on 25 April 1915 on distant shores - and remembered and honoured the 72 old boys who died while members of the Armed Services since 1939.
Ivanhoe Grammar School remembers the 72 old boys who were killed in World War II between 1939 and 1945, and in later conflicts. The School was very small in those days and our losses are believed to be the heaviest, relative to our size, of any school in Australia.
At each service, there was the posting of the Catafalque Guard, the laying of a wreath, the reading of the names of the Fallen and a minute silence in their honour. Grandparents, mothers, fathers and students all joined together at these moving services.
In 2019, the School’s Cadet Unit is extensively involved with ANZAC activities within the community; at The Ridgeway Campus, we provide a guard for Heidelberg and Ivanhoe RSL’s, at Plenty Campus, we provide a guard for the Laurimar Community and Whittlesea RSL and the entire Plenty Campus Cadet Unit will be participating in the Whittlesea RSL march.