Tom's class was running the assembly, there was a short video about World War 1 and the ANZACs and then some of the kids gave a presentation. Tom got to dress up as a soldier and tell part of the story of the Gallipoli landing and the meaning of ANZAC day. He did really well, speaking clearly and confidently with lots of expression. Proud mum was proud.
They then sang "One Day" for which, because when rehearsals were under way it was apparently decided that the verses were a little too difficult for the kids to sing, the teachers invited Caitlin to sing the verses solo with the rest of the kids joining in for the choruses. So she did. Proud mum was proud again.
The video of Tom talking was not a great success but the one of Caitlin singing is ok, the camera ran out of memory just before the end and the quality isn't great as Adam was sitting way up the back of the hall but here it is anyway.
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Tom was wearing Adam's old slouch hat (he used to be in the Army Reserve) because when I arrived he had on a way too small slouch hat which made him look utterly ludicrous. Unfortunately Adam's lacked a chin strap and kept slipping back when Tom was signing the words of the song.
This photo doesn't quite do justice, the too small hat was perched on the very top of his head.I took one look at him and grabbed my phone to ring home "Do you know where your slouch hat is? Yes? Good, grab it and come NOW!"
Turned out to be a bit of a family affair all round in the end.
* I was the parent representative placing a poppy on the wreath.