AISHK 25th Anniversary Throwback: Our First Anzac Day Ceremony

Our first Anzac Day in 1997

In April 1997, AISHK commemorated Anzac Day for the first time at a whole school assembly. Special guests included Geoff Walsh (Australian Consul-General in Hong Kong 1995-1998) and Philip Woof from the Australian Army. Every class would make their own wreath and during the assembly, a boy and a girl from each grade would place their wreath at the front of the stage.

As tradition, selected students would attend the dawn service at the Cenotaph in Central. In 2002, the Anzac Day dawn service became a dusk service and was hosted at AISHK for the Australian community, followed by a barbeque. After a couple of years of the dusk service hosted at AISHK, the Anzac Day service returned to the Cenotaph at dawn as it is today.

The AISHK Australia and New Zealand Anzac Memorial, located on the school field, was officially unveiled by the Honourable Mark Vaile MP, Australian Minister for Trade, and the Honourable Jim Sutton MP, New Zealand Minister for Trade Negotiations on Anzac Day 25 April, 2004.

Each Anzac Day school ceremony since has continued the tradition of inviting special guests from either the Australian or New Zealand Consulate and key armed service personnel to reflect and share stories with our students.

Below is an excerpt from Dhanara dated Wednesday 30 April 1997 detailing the Anzac Day school event.