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Cairns High ANZAC Day Ceremonies

Cairns High will be holding a number of ANZAC Day ceremonies on Friday 22 April to ensure all students have the opportunity to reflect on this Australian tradition. The ceremonies are also a valued tradition of the school and aim to honour and remember those who served our country in times of conflict.


The ceremonies will take place in Crosswell Hall with over 100 students participating in the emceeing duties, poetry reading and other forms of tribute including solemn performances. The catafalque party is made up of dedicated cadets who attend Cairns High and each year level has representatives as candle bearers. The laying of each candle will pay respect to all the men and women who have served Australia in each of the past and current overseas conflicts and peacekeeping operations.


Guest speaker Chief Petty Officer Alan Lovelle of HMAS Cairns will make the ANZAC Day Address and recite The Ode during the wreath laying. CPO Lovelle will also spend time with the students involved in the ceremonies to answer any questions they have about the Navy and ANZAC Day. “Having had a Great Uncle serve and fight at Gallipoli, ANZAC Day has always held a special significance for me which I wish to share with the Cairns High students on Friday.”


Dean Blakeley, Cultural Senior Leader, will this year play The Last Post for Cairns High as bugler for the last time. Dean has had this role in every ceremony since he started in Year 8. He has been an exemplary trumpet player and has grown into an exceptional young man since commencing at Cairns High in 2012. His musical talent and lovely personality will be sorely missed by the Cairns High community.