I can’t remember the last time I did not have a leadership responsibility on ANZAC Day. For a long period of time, it was leading my singing trio M*Lasses performing songs by the Andrew Sisters at the Auckland Museum or singing with a swing band in Browns Bay. In the last few years – my ANZAC Days have been spent with my school singing group – the Songbirds – at our local community event in Titirangi.
Because this day is a chance for reflection and stillness.
Because it instills a sense of confidence in my students performing in front of so many people.
Because it is aspirational for other students to see their peers showing leadership and talent.
Because it requires commitment and preparation – skills students need to develop.
Because we represent our school in a very positive way by leading our community in singing.
Because we all thrive and bloom when we receive positive affirmation of a job well done.
Because it has created a legacy.
These events require a lot of communication, time, and rehearsal. The rewards from the day are a very high return. The young people I get to work with are amazing. The sense of belonging in our community is very strong, as is our obvious pride in our school. Form such positive representation in public – the public confidence in our school grows.