The RSL’s Appreciation to Robina First’s ANZAC Awareness

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Miss Jan, Miss Sue, Mr Shane McCarthy, Mr Leonard Guest, Miss Lisa and Mr Michael
Miss Jan, Miss Sue, Mr Shane McCarthy, Mr Leonard Guest, Miss Lisa and Mr Michael

To help our Pre-Prep children learn more about the experiences of Australian and New Zealander soldiers and the significance of Anzac Day, we read ANZAC Ted to commemorate Anzac Day. This year for show and tell, one of our Monash classmates Kalani, and his mum gave him his Great Grandpa's medals to show his friends. He told us that his Great Grandpa was very brave and then he saluted him. The children responded enthusiastically, and they all saluted alongside 'their mate' Kalani. We were so impressed by them that we shared their story with our local Surfers Paradise RSL.

The President, Mr Leonard Guest and the committee members were equally impressed and asked if they might come along and meet these extraordinary children. When we told the children, you can imagine how excited they were, and they became the planners and organisers of a 'very special morning tea'.

Mr Leonard Guest with Kalani, his mum & dad and Miss Sue
Mr Leonard Guest with Kalani, his mum & dad and Miss Sue

Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions we were unable to have it on the originally planned day. Time went on and dates changed, but the children never forgot their special morning tea. Eventually, restrictions lifted, and schedules were arranged so that on the 23rd of August the children set out the china tea set, fruit platter and the cucumber, cheese and tomato salad sandwiches. Finally, the freshly made and delicious Anzac biscuits were taken out of the oven and were ready for our guests of honour.

The children dressed in their specially made ANZAC shirts including the words "Lest We Forget" and beautiful bright red poppies cascading around the words. The excitement was electric, and with the smell of freshly baked Anzac biscuits in the air, our special RSL guests and the children's families arrived. After our 'Welcome to Country', we thanked everyone for coming. During the presentation, Mr Shane McCarthy gave each of the children an RSL 'dog tag' which had their name and date of birth engraved on the tag, the children found this particular surprise very exciting and appreciative.

 

Isabel receiving her Dog Tag from Mr Shane McCarthy
Isabel receiving her Dog Tag from Mr Shane McCarthy

In honour of Kalani's Great Grandpa's story of bravery and receiving the New Zealand bronze medal for bravery, dog tags were presented to Kalani's dad with his Grandpa's serial numbers on them.

Mr Leonard Guest who is the President of the RSL stood up and talked about how honoured he was to meet such amazing children, how proud he was of them and how lovely their special morning tea looked. He then presented Miss Jan with a "Certificate of Appreciation" for the 2021 Kindergarten Class... "In grateful recognition for your enduring commitment to exceptional service on Anzac Day."

We are very thankful to Mr Leonard Guest and Mr Shane McCarthy of the Surfers Paradise RSL for their generosity and kind words to our Pre-Prep Classroom, Monash.