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Newcastle Permanent is a major sponsor of the 63rd Annual Newcastle and Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event

For more than 63 years the Newcastle and Hunter Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event has provided a unique platform for local hunter students to learn about the sacrifices made by Australian service men and women and present a moving performance based on these local stories.  

Newcastle Permanent has supported the Combined Schools ANZAC Event for more than 15 years and as the major partner of the 2018 event we value this important education initiative and the opportunities the event offers the younger generations to learn about the ANZAC legacy. 

The event is organised by a sub-committee of year 11 students from Government, Catholic and Independent schools. The students are involved in researching the incredible stories of the ANZACs and the production of the event is always delivered to a high standard.  

The 2018 theme is “Bringing them home”- the end of the Great War and the coming home

Combined Schools ANZAC Commemorative Event

The Great War ended on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918. It was a time of celebration. However, over 2,000 Hunter Region men were killed during the Great War with some local families experiencing multiple casualties; losing their sons, brothers, fathers, husbands and fiancés. Personnel who returned from the war were so traumatised by their experiences that they could not talk about them. Many returned with permanent injuries – reminders of all they had experienced and physical reflections of how the war had changed them.

For these people, the Great War would always be with them…

The event is targeted to a student audience from Years 5 to 9. Schools are invited to attend the two performances on a first come first served basis managed by the Committee.  If your school is interested in learning more about the event please visit the Combined Schools ANZAC Service https://combinedschoolsanzacservice.org.au or contact Michael Voorbij at michael.voorbij@det.nsw.edu.au

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