On Friday 13 April 2018, Balcatta Senior High School held their ANZAC Day Assembly. Special guests in attendance included Mr Ross Luckman (Co-ordinator of Regional Services), Warrant Officer Justin L Boylson (Class 2 Company Sergeant Major Delta Company 16th Battalion Royal Western Australian Regiment), Mrs Helen Notis (Chair of the School Board) and Mr Richard Karamfiles (President of P&C).
The assembly was presented by our Prefects - Robert Kollie, Ana Rychlak, Isaac Milner and Simon Naumoski. Crystal Loader acknowledged the past and present traditional custodians of the land, the Noongar, Whadjuk people.
The Catafalque Party (guards) were represented by Aimee Parker, Jacqlin Parker, Damien Maddox and Joshua Miller.
The Last Post and Reveille was performed by our Chaplain, Mr Matthew Denholm.
To commemorate ANZAC Day, School Board member Trudie Dwyer proposed that the student body consider sending Care Packages to Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas. This proposal was taken to the Year 12 Prefects, who were delighted to take up the initiative. Students had a Free Dress Day and raised over $435 to purchase the packages and their contents. The packages were packed full of goodies such as deodorant, shower gels, soap, biscuits, lollies, non-perishable and canned foods. They also included a Matilda Poppy, letters from students and a copy of our recent Balcatta Bulletin. These were sent free of charge by Australia Post.
Thanks to all those involved in preparing the care packages and the student body for their generous donations. We hope that these packages brought smiles and fond memories of home to the members of our ADF.