The Early Commencement Program (ECP) begins in two weeks. The ECP aims to begin the 2024 school year for all students, in all year levels and goes for two weeks, running from 27 November - 8 December.
All students are required to attend school for these two weeks in order to get a head start to the upcoming school year.
At 11 am on 11 November 1918 the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. In November the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted allied terms that amounted to unconditional surrender.
The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years. The moment when hostilities ceased on the Western Front became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had died in the war.
After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day. Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day which would commemorate all war dead.
In 1997, Governor-General Sir William Deane issued a proclamation formally declaring 11 November to be Remembrance Day, urging all Australians to observe one minute's silence at 11 am on 11 November each year to remember those who died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts.
Lest we forget.
On 10 November 2023, Ms. Phillips’ CR91 Pastoral Group commemorated those soldiers who died fighting to protect our nation.
Poppies, which are worn as a symbol of respect and remembrance for the fallen soldiers, were a common sight on the Western Front and were the inspiration for Doctor John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”:
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
Lest We Forget.
The teacher is out sick or is perhaps having a mental breakdown. The school district is having trouble finding qualified substitutes, so what’s the solution? Find unqualified substitutes! Mayhem ensues as a series of community members including a harried young mother, a deranged driving instructor, a state senator, a well-trained dog and even a clown try their hand at teaching plate tectonics to a class that wishes fervently for their real teacher to come back.
Tickets are now available through Eventbrite at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ndcJRplay2023
Limited seats are available – please book quickly to avoid disappointment!