27th April 2015

ANZAC Service

The annual Nagle College ANZAC Service was held on Friday 24 April in Presentation Hall. The College community gathered to commemorate the centenary of the Gallipoli landings, joined by members of the Bairnsdale RSL, Mr Tim Bull MLA, Mayor for East Gippsland Cr Peter Neal, Parish Priest Fr Siju Xavier, and Corporal Dean Donohue and Seargeant Ralph Raper from the RAAF Base East Sale.

Breanna Janson, recipient of the 2014 Premier's Spirit of ANZAC Prize, gave the Welcome Address. This was followed by readings from a number of students based on letters and journal entries from soldiers who served during the Gallipoli campaign. Nagle musicians and singers provided very moving and relevant performances that enhanced the mood of this sombre occasion.

The Guest Speaker for the service was Corporal Dean Donohue, who enlisted in the RAAF in 2005 as an Aircraft Technican. Corporal Donohue was deployed to PNG, Indonesia and Singapore and to various postings around Australia. His address was very well received.

A wreath laying ceremony took place at the College's ANZAC Memorial. To mark the centenary of the dawn landing at Gallipoli a commemorative plaque was unveiled beneath the College's own Lone Pine, which was planted on 11 November 2012. This Lone Pine is a direct descendant of the Lone Pine tree from Gallipoli.