Remembrance Day Assembly honours 100 years of the end of World War One | Fintona Girls' School

Remembrance Day Assembly honours 100 years of the end of World War One

9 November 2018

Fintona honoured the 100 year anniversary of the end of World War One (1914-1918) with a commemoration assembly on Friday 9 November. Students from Year 5 through to Year 11 created over 600 poppies to line the stage of the Margaret Cunningham Hall in memory of those who have served our country.

Presented at the Assembly were three wreaths. Members of the knitting club handcrafted a wreath of crocheted poppies and students from the gardening club created a wreath of Rosemary, the symbol of remembrance. School Consuls 2019, Amy Chilcott and Chee-Rae Loi, laid a wreath of Australian native flowers on behalf of the wider Fintona community. The Assembly focused on the devastating impact war has on communities and specifically the large number of recruits from the Ballarat region during the Great War. Of the 3,771 servicemen and women who enlisted from this area, two nurses and 42 pairs of brothers lost their lives.

Many of us will have ancestors who lived in conflict zones and during periods of war whose lives were never the same again because of their experiences. Sadly, there are many people around the world today who are still experiencing war– we think of the people of Syria, Yemen and Myanmar in particular. Those gathered at the Assembly remembered with appreciation and reflected on the sacrifices made. We continue to hope and help to improve the causes of justice, freedom and peace and for the wisdom and strength to build a better world.