Proud show of respect

By Benalla Ensign

The annual Benalla P-12 College Anzac assembly was held last Friday with staff and students joined by RSL members, serving defence force personnel and local dignitaries.

Federal Senator Bridget McKenzie joined State Member for Euroa Steph Ryan for a tour of the building works under way at the school’s Faithfull St Campus before attending the assembly.

They were joined there by Benalla Mayor Don Firth and several community leaders including Senior Sargent Mark Kennedy and Leading Constable Paula Allen.

Acting principal Paul Challis said students showed tremendous respect and he was proud of everyone involved in the assembly.

‘‘It never ceases to amaze me how much kids can stretch their abilities and perform at a high level,’’ Mr Challis said.

‘‘Today the way the band performed and individuals like Willow (Plex) playing the trumpet, was just outstanding.

‘‘Then when you look at the respect from the audience, we had a large number of RSL members here and current serving defence force personal.

‘‘The kids showed tremendous respect in the way they participated in the assembly, so we’re extremely proud.’’

The assembly included staff and students telling Anzac stories that were personal to them, the school band playing a medley of Anzac music, years 3 and 4 pupils singing for the audience and a minute’s silence.

That minute of silence was respected by the whole assembly, quite a feat for a room with that many students.

As the crowd filtered out many, if not all, attendees were talking about how moving the event was, and how pleased they were to see the next generation showing respect.