Early this week, staff and students from Xavier Catholic College
in Hervey Bay commemorated ANZAC Day at a whole school liturgy.
Students from Prep to Year 12 and staff were joined in prayer to
commemorate the sacrifices made by the ANZACs and those who have served in the
defense force, both past and present. The College leaders lead the school in
prayer and placed a wreath, rosemary, a slouch hat and boots, an Australian
flag and a photo of the school’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier, at the base
of a crucifix in commemoration. Mr. Kerry Swann, College Principal, also paid
special tribute to, Nathania Beaumanis and Dion Toms, two past Xavier students
who are currently serving in Afghanistan.
A highlight for the students was a presentation by Mr. Ken Higgins
from the Toogoom RSL. Mr Higgins was accompanied to Xavier by his companion,
Duffy the donkey, and both were dressed up to tell students the story of
‘Simpson and his donkey’ and educate them about this iconic man. Private John
Simpson served in Gallipoli during WW1 in the 3rd Field Ambulance, Australian
Army Medical Corps. Simpson became famous for his work as a stretcher-bearer
who transported the wounded using a donkey.
Xavier is hoping to have the largest student representation in
their 10 year history at this year’s ANZAC Day march, commencing at 9.30am at
Pialba Woolworth on Wednesday 25th April.