Australia’s two Augustinian schools - upper primary and secondary - are Villanova College at Coorparoo in Brisbane and St Augustine’s College at Brookvale in Sydney. Both have full-school assemblies to commemorate Anzac Day, Australia’s memorial day in honour of those fallen in war.
This page details the Anzac special assembly in Goold Hall at Villanova College on 21st April 2017, which was a school day preceding Anzac Day. As well as being an assembly of the entire staff and student body (1,200 students), the parents of the students were invited, and some attended.
The commemorative address will be given by Lt Colonel Brendan Cox, who is the CEO of Legacy in Queensland (pictured at right).
As well as the usual elements of the ANZAC Service, there was a particular and educational focus on General Sir John Monash, with a Year Twelve student portraying him on stage (photo above right). Another Year Twelve student was publicly acknowledged for the conception and planning of this years’ service.
As well as think of all those who lost their lives in war, the College remembered Terry Hendle. He was the only Villanova past pupil known to have died in active military service, and gave his life during the Vietnam conflict.