This week, the High School students stopped to observe Remembrance Day. Remembrance Day is the 11th day of the 11th month. It’s when we gather to remember the service personnel who have died in war and in other missions throughout the world.
The First World War was in its time the most destructive conflict yet experienced by humanity. When it began in August 1914, few imagined the course that it would take, or foresaw its terrible toll. Today we still see the impact of war on humanity.
We paused to remember, thank, and honour our Armed Forces and for the many lives saved, for the freedom we enjoy, and the country that we are blessed to live in. It’s a time we remember those who paid the supreme sacrifice.
What should Remembrance Day mean to you?
Perhaps the most important thing to remember is that many of those who did not come home from war were not much older than our Year 12 students. Some of these men and women left high school and university to be involved in battle. Many stormed beaches and fought in bunkers, and many did not make it to the age of 21.
They left the security of home and the enjoyable life of sharing good times at home to serve. They understood that this would likely put their lives at risk, but they went anyway. They left family and friends, jobs, and schools…and off they went. They enlisted for many reasons, but most of them did so because they were seekers of justice.
Australia has a history of being justice seekers. We have filled an important role in many places around the world, providing security and helping with nation-building initiatives.
Remembrance Day is the time to honour those who have left homes and family and friends, and those who have paid the supreme sacrifice in the name of justice and peace. It also gives us an opportunity to reflect on how we respond to those in need of justice.
Would you have the courage to stand up for what is right like other Australians before us?
A better country, and a better world starts with you.
If you see something that is wrong, speak out.
If you see someone who is lonely or struggling, help them.
If you see someone who is being picked on, step in.
Remembrance Day reminds us that there is injustice in the world, and we need justice seekers.
And what does the Lord require of you, but to seek Justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
That is why it is important to remind ourselves on Remembrance Day of all of those who went before us and sacrificed themselves to create the country we have today. But it is also a reminder of the responsibility we have to continue the legacy of the justice seeker.
Discussing War & Conflict
Children are frequently exposed to distressing news through the 24-hour news cycle and social media. These experiences can provoke anxiety, especially in young minds still forming their worldviews. Parents and caregivers should be mindful of overexposure to such content as it can lead to symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder. Children’s responses to trauma can vary, from being strong emotional reactions to being indifferent. It can leave an emotional imprint that can affect a child’s behaviour and perception of danger.
This report provides guidance on how to tackle this difficult topic and helping children understand there is still hope in our complex world. If this raises any concerns for you, a loved one or the wellbeing of your child, please consider seeking medical or professional help. Click here to read the special support.
High School Deputy Principal