On Wednesday, 24th April, the Rotary Club of Boronia conducted held its fourth annual ANZAC commemoration for the local primary schools in our area. Conducted at the Tim Neville Arboretum, the ceremony was attended by more than 320 Year 5 and 6 students from St Joseph’s Primary School, St Bernadette’s Primary School, Boronia K‑12 College, Boronia Heights Primary School, Boronia West Primary School, Knox Central Primary School, The Knox School, Yarralinda School and St Joseph’s College.
Guest Speaker was Dr Rosalie Triolo, History Professor from Monash University, who spoke on the contributions of Victorian teachers during the First World War 1. A particular focus of Dr Triolo’s address to the students was the number of female teachers who volunteered to go to war and the jobs they undertook as part of the broader war effort.
Wreaths were laid by representatives of all schools present and local dignitaries including Rotary Club of Boronia President, Annette Haworth; Rotary District Governor, Russell Gurney; City of Knox Mayor, Jake Keogh; Boronia RSL President, Rod Canobie; and local Federal and State Parliamentarians, Alan Tudge, Nic Wakeling and Jackson Taylor.
As in previous years, music was provided by the St Joseph’s College Stage Band and the St Joseph’s Primary School Choir provided choral support; the Club thanks them for their valuable contribution. Thanks also to Knox City Council’s Arboretum staff, Lightwavez Design and the Country Women’s Association – Boronia for their support.