Remembrance Day 2018
As we are all aware, Sunday the 11th of November was Remembrance Day, and not just any Remembrance Day, but the 100 year anniversary of Armistice. The day when the guns fell silent and the First World War ended. With this in mind, Newcomb Secondary College held an assembly on Friday the 9th of November to conduct our own ceremony for all students and staff.
This assembly gave our new school captains their first chance to demonstrate their public speaking, something which they did admirably. As students entered the hall they were greeted with a scrolling poppy coloured silhouette of diggers on the fields of the First World War projected onto the back wall of the stage, marching eternally. After a brief word of welcome from acting assistant principal Mr James Murphy our school captain, Crystal Muir, took the microphone.
Crystal spoke eloquently and introduced herself and the other 2019 captains. She then continued with an exposition on the importance of the day and the significance of the sacrifice made by those who died serving their nation. She mentioned one individual, James Martin, as an example of how even those as young or younger than the students in the audience could be caught up in the war and perish whilst serving their country. She finished with a call to solidarity in our respect for those who served.
Jory took to the stage following Crystal, he read the famous poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae. This reading was enhanced by the deep and respectful tone of Jory’s voice and the backdrop of poppies in a French field. After his reading Jory ceded the microphone to Liam to read The Ode and conduct the minutes silence.
Liam undertook this great duty with much solemnity, as befitted the occasion. He reminded all present of their role in the oath, namely, repeating “We will remember them” and “Lest we forget” at the appropriate times and of the sanctity of the minutes silence. To the credit of all involved, these requests were adhered to and the only sound to break the minute’s silence was the Rouse, played by Brianna Howell and Ian Crowther at the conclusion of that interval.
With their respects paid and the formal proceedings concluded, the students filed respectfully out of the hall.
The November meeting of the Newcomb Secondary College Council will take place on Thursday evening in the Language Centre.
The 2018 Celebration Assembly is Tuesday December 18th from 7.00pm to 8.30pm at the GPAC Playhouse Theatre. All current, future and past students, families and friends are invited and encouraged to attend.
There is no ticket cost or booking required just come along to GPAC at 6.45 on the 18th to celebrate the events and achievements of 2018 as well as enjoy musical performances and video presentations.
Student Free Day
Thursday 22nd of November is a student free day.
Mr Phil Honeywell, Principal
Mr James Murphy, Acting Assistant Principal
Mrs Liz McNamara, Assistant Principal