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 Xavier commemorates ANZAC Day

1.JPGEarly 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.