The school gathered in the grounds in front of the memorial building on Remembrance Day to commemorate this significant event. 2015 School Captains Mikayla Smith and Andrew King read the following address to the students and staff to bring attention to the significance of war in our history.
This minute of silence is observed worldwide each year at eleven o'clock on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. This time marks the moment when World War I came to an end in 1918. This day has since come to commemorate the efforts of our military personnel in all conflicts.
We are standing here this morning as members of the Dimboola Memorial Secondary College community. Our school is unique as the only purpose built memorial school in Victoria. As such, it is important for us to understand the reasons behind our school, and the significance of war in our history.
Even before the end of the war, communities were planning memorials. Many towns have memorial halls, statues and avenues of honour. The Dimboola community raised funds for their memorial, and it was decided in 1921 that it would take the form of a high school, a unique First World War memorial. The memorial building we are standing in front of was built during the early 1920s, and ninety years ago next month, in December 1924, this building was officially opened as the Dimboola Soldiers Memorial Higher Elementary School.
School Captains Mikayla Smith and Andrew King, pictured with Acting Principal Anne Gawith