Sacred Heart students Aaron Dahmen (Year 13), Finbar MacLeod (Year 12) and Russel Kereru Davis (Year 8) were all present as St Heliers remembered the fallen in the annual Anzac Memorial Celebrations on 25 April.
As a Member of Youth Parliament for Tamaki, Aaron, who is also a Prefect this year, attended in his youth parliamentary capacity, laying a wreath with Tamaki MP Simon O’Connor, on behalf of the Tamaki Electorate and Office of Parliament.
Orakei Board representative Colin Davis, who plays a significant role in organising the annual event, was accompanied by his grandson and Sacred Heart student, Russel Kereru Davis. Russel represented Sacred Heart with pride, aiding in proceedings and showing special respect to the veterans present at the event.
Finally, Finbar was asked to present the speech that placed him 2nd in the RSA Cyril Bassett V.C Speech Competition. Speaking on the ‘Unknown Warrior’, Finbar was remarkable in performance and presentation, speaking flawlessly and leaving many of the 1500 gathered, struck by his words. People flocked to shake his hand and congratulate him on his oratory skills.
With the focus on a wonderful ceremony of love, loss and hope, the three Sacred Heart College students played important parts in representing the voice of youth in the local community. The ceremony concluded with a flyover of veteran planes to the amazement of the crowd.
The individuals should be congratulated on their contribution to a ceremony that is a longstanding tradition in the Tamaki community, as well as a significant event across Australasia.
Lest we forget.