RSL and Schools Remember Anzac Commemoration Service

6 April 2016

The RSL and Schools Remember Anzac Commemoration Service has been held at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park every year since 1953 and honours the men and women who died defending the values, principles and tradition cherished by Australians. A crowd of over 1200 attended the 2016 Service on 5 April

The three Education sectors (NSW Department of Education, Catholic Education Commission NSW and the Association of Independent Schools of NSW) support the RSL in the organisation of the Service. Originally Sydney Legacy, Australian Broadcasting Commission, Independent Schools and Headmaster and Headmistresses Associations were involved in the delivery of the event.

School students across the three sectors conduct the ceremony, deliver the commemorative address, participate in the choir and orchestra and serve as cadets and bearers/orderlies. All schools are invited to attend and nominate one or two student representatives to lay a wreath or flowers during the ceremony. Wreath laying is a major feature in the service and allows a school, through its students, to commemorate the service of the Fallen.

On this day

On this day
16 February

1942— BANKA ISLAND MASSACRE. Following the sinking of the SS Vyner Brook, many of the survivors, including 22 Australian nurses, reached the shore of Banka Island. Realising that their position was desperate, an officer from the ship set out with most of the women and children to surrender the group to the Japanese. The officer returned with 20 Japanese soldiers who ordered all the men capable of walking to move to hidden part of the beach and killed them. They then returned to the beach and ordered the 22 nurses and 1 British civilian woman to walk into the water. They were machine-gunned in the back. All the immobile survivors were then killed. Sister Vivian Bullwinkle pretended to be dead and was the only survivor