Topic: Gallipoli Centenary Remembrance Service (22 April 2015)

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On 22 April 2015, Tauranga Girls' College held a Gallipoli Centenary Remembrance Service. The following order of service took place with the blessings being given by Rev. John Hebenton:

Order of Service

Guests and staff to be seated, students assemble with Murray Armstrong and parade in led by the Army and Air Force cadets, then the prefects, followed by the Student Council and the chorale.

Reverend John Hebenton opened with prayer:

Let us pray
God most holy,
we come to remember those who have gone before us,
to celebrate their lives and to mourn their deaths.
we especially thank you for these men from Tauranga Moana who fought and died during the first world war.
we pray for courage and self-sacrifice like theirs,
so that evil may always be resisted and peace maintained; 
we your people solemnly remember the wars we have endured;
the killing, the grief and the courage. 
For the evil that was done we ask your pardon;
for what was great and honourable we give you the glory. 
Lord God, we pray simply for peace on earth. 
If in war we brought peace closer, strengthen our hope;
if we shared our food with others keep us generous;
if we dream of a better world, hear our prayer;  Amen

Ray Terrill from Tauranga RSA led a dedication of the crosses and Shirley Keno placed a wreath at the Field of Remembrance in memory of the 110 fallen from Tauranga in World War I

The Tauranga RSA representatives recited the Ode.

The Last Post was played by Murray Mason and Flag lowered by Peterson Kohu following by a one minute silence.

The reveille was played by Murray Mason and Flag raised by Peterson Kohu.

A welcome was given by Principal, Pauline Cowens:

Tena koutou,Tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa
Good afternoon and welcome. Warm greeting to you all. On behalf of Tauranga Girls’ College I would like to thank you all for your presence here this afternoon at this very special occasion for us and for our community.
I would like to acknowledge all our distinguished guests and particularly the presence of the Deputy Mayor Kelvin Clout, Ray Terrell from the RSA, our Kaumatua and Kuia, our Board of Trustee Chair and other Board members and the input and support of the Reverend John Hebenton in leading our service of remembrance. I also present the apologies of the Mayor Stuart Crosby and Councillor and patron of our PTA, Catherine Stewart as they are unable to be with us this afternoon.
I would also like to acknowledge the work of the students and staff of our college over the past several weeks as they have collaborated together to create our particular memorial to the fallen of World War One. In particular our passionate historian, HOD Social Science and driver of this work Mr Murray Armstrong. 
The crosses are for men (boys) whose stories were researched in Social Studies and History, crosses made in woodwork, painted in Art, laid out to plans created in Maths, supported by poppies made in textiles, poetry from English, French and Te Reo…….and much much more done by our student leaders in Executive council and every tutor group. (and soon you will be sampling the ANZAC biscuits made by students in Food and Hospitality!)
This work is visible and tangible in this afternoon’s service and in the Field of Remembrance, a fitting reminder of the losses suffered by the families of Tauranga Moana, and the outcomes of that work have spread far into our community.
I have seen a change in the thinking of our girls as they connect with their own family histories and learn more of who in their families were involved and who they are as a result.
Our Whakatauki for this week is: Hinga atu he tetekura, ara mai he tetekura: as one red frond falls, another rises to take its place. When a warrior dies on the field of battle, another rises to take their place.
What I believe we are learning as a community from the co-operation and collaboration that has created today is that our role is not to rise and fight in the warrior sense but in the sense of standing up for what is right, standing firm in what we believe and in protecting what our soldiers died for – the best New Zealand and New Zealanders that we can be.
So again welcome, thank you for being with us as we acknowledge such an important part of the history of Tauranga Moana and New Zealand. Kia ora katou katoa.

This was followed by a Blessing of the Crosses by Reverend John Hebenton:

God of peace, hear our prayer.                                                                
We remember all Australians and New Zealanders who served
in the army, navy and air force during the first World War.
We remember those of other nations who fought beside them,
and those who fought against them for their own countries.
Bring us all to the day when nation no longer makes war against nation.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember the physically wounded and the shell-shocked.
Bring healing and peace for body, mind and spirit
to all who are scarred or disabled by war.
We remember the nurses, ambulance officers,
orderlies and doctors who eased pain and saved lives.
Renew among us the vocation to heal the victims of violence.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember the prisoners of war
and those who sheltered and sustained them.
Bless the work of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in war zones today.
We remember the good neighbours, supporters and advocates
for returned service men and women, war widows and fatherless children.
Make us generous in providing for all the survivors of war.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember the mothers, wives, sisters, children and sweethearts
who prayed and grieved for the missing and the lost.
Comfort all who mourn.
We remember the homes, livelihoods and communities
destroyed by bombs and gunfire.
Have mercy on all who still live in the shadow of war.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember those interned and vilified here
for their birth or ancestry in countries with whom New Zealand was at war.
Save us from valuing national identity more highly than shared humanity.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember the peacemakers who prayed and worked
to end the violence and destruction of the First World War.
Raise up peacemakers in all the war zones of the world today.
God of peace, hear our prayer.
We remember those who died in battle or from their wounds,
and those who took their own lives in agony or despair.
May they rest in your peace.
We particularly remember those whose names are written here,
who went from this community to die in World War One.
May these crosses remind us of the terrible cost of this and every war.
As we look upon these names
renew in us the longing for peace
and the will to work for it
May these crosses inspire us to work
so that no more young men and women need ever leave for war
in the name of God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Kaumatua Tutu Pearson acknowledgement of Maori in the Field of Remembrance and Mrs Trish MacDonald acknowledged her uncle in the Field of Remembrance

Address - ‘What Gallipoli means to me’ by Rose Barker, Chairperson of the Student Council:

Welcome to Tauranga Girls College as we gather here today to commemorate the brave men from the Tauranga region which fought in the Gallipoli campaign and WWI, which today are recognised on the 110 white crosses behind me.

As a history student we are constantly taught about the causes and consequences of major historical events. We are told statistics, death rates, casualties, and strategies. But underlying all of these is the fact that yes these statistics show the great loss but do they really explain the story behind every number, whether that number or cross behind me was a son, a brother, a friend, or a  soul mate? Does that cross tell the story of the brave and courageous man that sacrificed so much to protect his country, the future for the next generations?

To me Gallipoli and WWI was undeniably a horrific mark in New Zealand’s history in particular with the loss we encountered, but also a mark of change as New Zealand as a country gained courage and bravery, we gained a national identity and stood up for ourselves. Today we live in a country where we have rights, we have the freedom of speech and are safe in our own country. So although these men’s lives were lost their courage and bravery to ensure our safe future has not been lost, we will not only mourn these men but be thankful and show appreciation for what their efforts have achieved.

Gallipoli and WWI has great significance for me as it involved my great grandfather Private George Rivet, he did not only fight in WWI but also WWII, after showing great determination to continue in WWII after losing one lung due to being gassed in Gallipoli. If he had not survived both world wars I would not be here today.

So today I stand tall, proud to wear my great grandfathers medals, as although I never had the chance to meet him, I am thankful for his courageous efforts and could never imagine the circumstance he was placed in, but I know that he and many other men would be proud of the future they helped to ensure for us. Therefore let us never forget these men nor forget the stories and the real bravery they showed be shadowed by statistics instead by names and the power of each and every one of their stories to educate what war really means and the consequences it has.

Thank you.

4 poems in the school poetry competitions run by the Maori, French and English Departments were read by the respective winners:

Purina Puru (Te Reo Maori):

I pēhea e Pā?
I pēhea rawa koe i uru ai ki tērā o ngā whawhai?
Te Pakanga Tuatahi Nui o Te Ao.
Te whakamatenga o ngā tangata e maha, ngā wāhine, ngā tamariki.
Mate i te mate, mate rawa atu.
I pēhea rawa koe te kite i tērā e Pā?
Te matenga a ō hoa whawhai, te rongo i te rangi a te mate.
I pēhea koe i wehe atu ai ki tērā e Pā?
I pēhea koe i wehe atu i tō kāinga, i tō whānau me te mōhio, tērā pea ka kore koe e hoki mai anō.
I pēhea?
I pēhea ai tō oranga i te parekura?
I pēhea koe noho ai i ngā awakeri mai i te awatea ki te pō, tahi rā, toru rā pea, te roanga hoki o ngā rā.
Ka kore kakahu mā, kore kai, kore inu wai.
I pēhea?
Mai i te mamae i tō wehenga, i te kāinga, ki te papa whawhai, ki te huna i ngā awakeri, ki te tangi a te pū.
I kaha.
He kaha koe e Pā.
I tū maia, i tū rangatira i ngā wā katoa.  I tū Māori.
He manu tetei koe e Pā.
Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou.
Ka maumahara tonu au ki a koe.

Alisha Kumari (French):

Ils ne sont pas morts en vain 
Nous combattrons ce soir,
Pour nos vies, notre liberté, notre pays.
Nous prierons pour échapper à la mort,
Pour revenir à nos familles.
Nous nous tiendrons côte à côte , comme des frères
Pour donner à chacun la force et l’espoir.
Nous ne montrerons pas la peur dans nos yeux,
Pour prouver que nous n’avons pas crainte de nous battre.
Nous serons calmes et hors de leur vues,
Pour éviter les balles tirées.
Nous nous lèverons pour honorer nos frères tombés
Pour reconnaitre qu’ils ne sont pas morts en vain.
By Aliesha Kumari
They did not die in vain
Tonight we will fight,
For our lives, our freedom, our country.
We will pray that we may escape death,
That we may be returned to our families.
We will stand side by side, as brothers,
To give each other strength and hope.
We will not show the dread in our eyes,
To prove we do not fear fighting.
We will remain calm, and out of their sight,
To avoid the bullets fired.
We will rise to honour our fallen brothers,
To acknowledge they did not die in vain.

And still the poppies grow by Annie Connor (Sr.) – could not be with us - read by Pip Artus:

And still the poppies grow
Up, over the trench,
the men that we lost
poison the Earth.
And still the poppies grow.
The murderous air
wrenches the heart,
of too many souls.
And still the poppies grow.
In the art of defiance,
the irony we face,
to believe in a silver lining
But still the poppies grow

Daddy has gone to War by Grace Westenbury, Daisy Sedwick, Ella Lawry and Tabitha Marshall (Jr.) - read by Grace:

Daddy has gone to War
Daddy has gone to war,
One day he walked out the door.
Mum says I won’t see him no more.
Because my daddy has gone to war.
Dad has been gone for three years,
I still shed for him tears-
His safety and life are my biggest fears
and he could be gone for many more years.
Because my daddy has gone to war.
I’m not sure if dad will come home.
Where he is, I really don’t know.
I miss him and I feel alone.
For nearly five years he hasn’t been home.
Because my daddy has gone to war.
My daddy returned today
a stranger, smaller and grey.
Dad didn’t seem to have much to say
and he seems to have lost his way.
Because my daddy went to war.

The Benediction was then given by Reverend John Hebenton:

We have heard words of sorrow and words of hope this day
we are messengers of peace
E rere e nga Karere a Te Karariti
Kawea te kupu ki te tini ki te mano
Ruia i runga te whakaaro nui
Ruia i runga te Whakaaro pono
Waiho ko te Aroha te Atua, Matua, Tama, Wairua Tapu
Hei Kakahukiwi mou,
Aianei a ake tonu atu. Amine
Take wing o messengers of Christ
Carry the words to the multitudes
Sow it in wisdom
Sow it in truth
And may the love of God
Creator, Redeemer, and Giver of Life
Be the feathered cloak that enfolds us all
Now and always. Amen.

God Defend New Zealand was led by Head Prefect Ana Morris:

E Ihowa Atua
O ngā iwi mātou rā,
āta whakarongo na;
Me aroha noa.
Kia hua ko te pai;
Kia tau tō atawhai;
Manaakitia mai
God of nations at thy feet in the bonds of love we meet.
Hear our voices, we entreat, God defend our free land.
Guard Pacific’s triple star, From the shafts of strife and war,
Make her praises heard afar, God defend New Zealand.

Cadets parade out and Service ends.

Afternoon tea follows in staffroom for guests organised by Sheryl Bailey.

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