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ANZAC Day ceremonies at school are very important and special. At Caloundra State School they are very special indeed. Not many schools have a ceremony accompanied by members of the modern day Light Horse Brigade, but Caloundra does. For at least the past 15 years members from Gympie have travelled down the coast to Caloundra to make ANZAC Day very special for thousands of past and present Caloundra State School students. The troopers display their tent pegging skills and bayonet charges, sometimes asking brave principals to hold the balloon targets. Mr Bopf, the school’s deputy principal said, “ We impress upon the students that the ANZAC ceremony is the most important ceremony of the year and that the utmost respect is expected and always delivered such is the importance of the ceremony at our school.” This year Mr Logan, the school principal, declined the opportunity to hold a balloon target in the air but promised that next year he will step up to the plate.
The ceremony was made even more reverent by the moving singing of the school choir and the lovely playing of strings by the Caloundra State High School ensemble.