Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service

The Senior Choir were privileged to participate as part of a combined choir with Lilydale High School Vocal Ensemble and the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Choir in the Victorian Aboriginal Remembrance Service at the Shrine of Remembrance as part of the 2018 Reconciliation Week. It was our first opportunity to sing in the community, and what an opportunity it was. There were so many highlights of the experience, including:

• Singing together on the bus before we arrived
• Being welcomed by Aunty Dot Peters, an Aboriginal Elder to the service. She is responsible for helping to establish this service that is now running in its 13th year
• Hearing the Worawa Aboriginal College choral group singing ‘Ngarra Burra Ferra’
• Listening to the guest speaker Mr Ricky Morris, a former Sergeant in the Australian Army whose family has had the most number of members serving in the history of the Armed Forces in our country
• Being accompanied in our singing by the RAAF Band and speaking with members afterwards
• Witnessing The Ode being read and the Last Post being played in front of the Eternal Flame
• Tea Ayling presenting our wreath at the Eternal Flame and students having the opportunity to place their poppies around it
• Meeting in person one of the original members of the Sapphires, Lois Peeler
• Speaking with the members of the Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Choir and being presented with clapping sticks as a gift representing reconciliation

It really was an experience to remember, and an absolutely privilege to be a part of such a sacred service remembering the many Aboriginal and Torres Strait men and women who have served, and lost their lives representing our country, despite experiencing significant discrimination back home. We owe much to them for their sacrifice and service.