Taita College honours Anzac tradition
Taita College honoured the Anzac tradition with a stunning commemoration on Friday.
The whole school was involved in the ceremony which included poetry, a beautiful reading by 16-year-old Susana Bryce-Alapati, the laying of wreaths and a rousing haka.
The master of ceremony was Topaz Robinson, 15, who is a sergeant in the New Zealand Cadets.
Susana who stole the show with a reading of a paper she wrote for level one history.
Witten from the point of view of a New Zealand soldier at Gallipoli, she held the entire school's attention with a thought-provoking letter home.
Organiser Desiree Mulligan said it was the first time the school had held an Anzac ceremony and she was delighted with the way students responded.
Mulligan said the day was a chance to remember the dead and she was pleased that so many were wearing poppies.
She told the students that Anzac Day was about remembering everyone involved in war, including women, to medical people and the conscientious objectors who suffered for their beliefs.
It was a chance to remember the importance of beliefs like hope, peace and the desire to end all wars.