SOLEMN OCCASION: Ballandean State School student Allegra Daveson and veteran Wally Noordhoff lay a wreath during the school’s Anzac ceremony.
SOLEMN OCCASION: Ballandean State School student Allegra Daveson and veteran Wally Noordhoff lay a wreath during the school’s Anzac ceremony.

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THE significance of Anzac Day hasn't been lost on students across the region.

Students and teachers at Ballandean State School held their Anzac Day ceremony on Tuesday ahead of yesterday's public holiday.

Principal Russell Thompson said the students put a lot of effort into the ceremony.

"The student leaders worked on their speech. They researched the meaning behind Anzac Day," Mr Thompson said.

"They were doing this before the school holidays."

The Year 6 and 7 students sang I Was Only 19 by Redgum before the Ode was read by Kimberly Wells and the Last Post was played by Jenni Holmstrom.

"We chose a song that that represented Anzac Day," Mr Thompson said.

"They will be performing again on Saturday (at Ballandean's special Saturday afternoon public service)."

Mr Thompson said it was crucial children were taught the significance of Anzac Day and the sacrifices associated with it.

"If it wasn't for the Anzacs we wouldn't be here today," he said.

"We went to the Stanthorpe RSL to view the exhibit and the kids drew some inspiration from that.

"The kids have definitely grasped the importance of the day.

"They ran the ceremony so I'm very proud of them. They did very well."

School leaders Benjamin Rametta and Maddison Murphy led the ceremony.

They both said they understood the day's importance.

"It's kind of sad but it's good to celebrate it. They saved our lives," Benjamin said.

"They sacrificed their lives for us so we could have a good life," Maddison said.

"I'm grateful. It's quite sad."

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