Thursday, 6 June 2013

Speech in Parliament - Casey Electorate:Upper Yarra Children's ANZAC Service - 06 June 2013

Mr TONY SMITH (Casey) (16:58): In the remaining minute or so, I just wanted to recognise 11 local primary schools in the Upper Yarra that conducted a post-Anzac Day service on Wednesday, 8 May. Naturally many of the local schoolchildren attended Anzac Day services on the day itself, but this was an opportunity for 11 schools to combine and hold their own service, which was conducted entirely by themselves.

The schools all sent their grade 6 students along. The service was MCd by the Launching Place Primary School this year, by principal Steve Shaw and students Tanisha and Mitchell. I also want to recognise each of the schools that attended: Millwarra, Woori Yallock, Warburton, Gladysdale, Wesburn, Yarra Junction, Don Valley, Hoddles Creek, Yellingbo and St Joseph's.

During the service the students placed wreaths made with the assistance of the Upper Yarra Museum, and I want to recognise Rhonda O'Meara for her great work, and more than 230 wooden crosses were prepared by the great team at Ben's Shed in Yarra Junction. The students researched a member of their family and included their history on the crosses. I also recognise Shelley Grey from the Upper Yarra RSL, who coordinated the event, and the Upper Yarra RSL President, Rob Worlley, and the Secretary, Lorraine Green.

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