Proserpine State High School students lead the way
PROSERPINE State High School leaders on Monday participated in an Anzac flag-raising event to begin the school's participation in the commemoration of the sacrifice made by Australian service personnel.
Leaders Courtney Cowan, Howard McDonald, Max Cornish and Tayla Goody delivered speeches in front of former service personnel, navy cadets from the Training Ship Whitsunday and State Member for Whitsunday Jason Costigan.
School principal Don McDermid said the ceremony was a commemoration of the Anzac legend but also served as a vehicle to allow students to participate in the local community.
"For us it's once again the importance of setting those values,” he said.
"And on top of that the ceremony gave students a chance to set a positive example for other students and teach them to give something back to the community.”
On Anzac Day Proserpine State High School students also participated in marches in Cannonvale, Bloomsbury, Proserpine and Hamilton Island.
Mr Costigan said he was honoured to lay a wreath at the annual commemorative service at the school.
"Student leaders again did a very great job in running the service before assembly, where the whole school paused to remember the fallen,” he said.
Mr McDermid said it was great to see the student leaders embrace the privilege of leading the ceremony and making a positive contribution to the school and wider community.
"It gave them a chance to develop leadership skills and taught the importance of making a difference by the giving of their time,” he said.