The college, which traditionally holds a large Anzac Day assembly, liturgy and service, was determined the restrictions would not stop them honouring those who had served.
Rostrevor’s head of arts, Peter Waterman, said the school knew Anzac Day was going to look a lot different in 2020 with social distancing.
“So, we encouraged all our brass musicians, young and old, to learn the music for The Last Post and practise during the school holidays,” Mr Waterman said.
Lighting the dawn
At dawn on April 25 more than 15 students stood on their driveways, many with family and neighbours in attendance, and performed The Last Post followed by a minute’s silence and The Rouse.
Year 7 Alecs Zorzi, whose ancestors fought in Europe in WWII and at Gallipoli in WWI, said it was a moving and memorable experience.
“I was thinking of my great grandfather and my great, great grandfather and thanked them for serving our country,” Alecs, 12, said.
The college was overwhelmed by positive feedback from parents, grandparents and the broader community in response to the initiative.
Rostrevor parent Michelle Matthews, whose father Corporal Bruno A J Adamczyk 9RAR paid the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for his country, was particularly touched by the musical tribute.
“My dad’s plaque is next to the Rostrevor Chapel. He attended Rostrevor in the late 50s and early 60s. He was a regular soldier and went to Vietnam in November 1968 and was killed on active duty on July 12 1969, aged 22,” Mrs Matthews said.
“This is my 50th Anzac Day without him. He would be so proud of his former school as I am.”