You could hear a pin drop

The Anzac Day commemoration at Taminmin College was a sombre assembly organised by 10 student volunteers, and focusing on the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

Teacher Carol Saunders said the collegians have a “deep appreciation of the Anzac tradition” and respect at the gathering was “profound”.
“Usually our students are a rowdy mob at assemblies, but they sat patiently during the Anzac Day tribute,” she said. “You could hear a pin drop.”

“Our remembrance follows a Dawn Service at Humpty Doo or Adelaide River. The students get excited about participating, and chat to me in class or during breaks.”

An Australian Army representative recited the Ode and played the Rouse.  An ex-serviceman delivered the introductory speech, and an RSL member made the commemorative address.

Ms Saunders believes Anzac Day is made more personal for the many students whose families are, or have been, involved in the defence forces.
“Many students will talk about family members who’ve served in various wars. Their reactions are they are very proud of Australians who have served in wars.”

Last updated: 16 October 2017