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ANZAC Day 2017

​Imogen and Thomas at the 2017 ANZAC Day march at Blackbutt
Blackbutt students honour the spirit of ANZAC Day
Blackbutt State School students honoured the ANZAC spirit with a special ceremony on Monday in the school hall on 24 April 2017 and followed this with an impressive turn out to march on 25 April.
The special ANZAC Day whole school assembly included staff, students and parents/caregivers as well as other members of the local community.
Guest speaker and presenter Mr Brian Easton (Warrant Officer RAAF Ret.) from the Blackbutt RSL Sub Branch, addressed the parade on the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by the ANZACs
Each class created and presented their ANZAC Day wreaths at the special assembly.
Blackbutt State School principal Mrs Gayle Williamson said the school strongly supported the ANZAC tradition and the RSL Blackbutt Sub Branch through active participation in Tuesday’s ANZAC Day ceremony. 
“Our students joined in Tuesday’s main ANZAC parade through the town of Blackbutt, marching through the main street to the Town Memorial where the service was held,” she said.
For the first time this year, each Blackbutt State School student, staff member and family member who marched, proudly wore the name of a Blackbutt ANZAC in specially created labels.  There are 98 brave men listed on the ANZAC memorial at Blackbutt.  17 were killed in action and 81 returned to the area.
The Blackbutt State School community joined teaching staff, ex-servicemen and women, serving soldiers and the community for the service which included wreath laying, an official address by Mrs Williamson, a poem reading by Mr Brian Rucker and the prayer by Mrs Davina Holmes.
Mrs Williamson told the audience that she was a very proud principal and thanked the Blackbutt community for making the effort to show how much they continued to value and treasure the ANZAC Day tradtion.
The parade commander Mr Brian Easton said that it was wonderful to see all of our Blackbutt students showing their support for the ANZAC tradition by marching in this very important community even.
The Blackbutt State School captains, Raymond and Claire read the Resolution with great confidence and obviously showed that they had practised often to present such a polished performance on th day.
After the ceremony, guests gathered at the Blackbutt RSL Sub Branch for refreshments.  All children who marched were given a hotdog and drink.
Laying class wreathANZAC Day march at Blackbutt RSL 2017Student having fun at ANZAC day marchProud to march on ANZAC DayOur guest presenter for ANZAC Day assembly