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ANZAC Day Commemorations


St Pius X College was well represented on Thursday 25 April at both the Chatswood and Willoughby Memorial Services before holding its own ANZAC Day ceremony at the College's opening Assembly on Monday 29 April.

At the Chatswood Garden of Remembrance Dawn Service, College Prefects Lachlan Donlevy and Jason Sacre were joined by Year 5 student Max Crino, grandson of Willoughby Councillor and St Pius X Old Boy Tony Mustaca, Year 7 students Tom Reay and Oscar Ashford, as well as College Principal, Mr Couani, teacher Mr Reay and numerous members of the Willoughby and St Pius X College communities in the pre-dawn Service Commemorating ANZAC Day at the Chatswood Garden of Remembrance.

The College was represented again at 7am at the Club Willoughby Service by Principal Couani, teacher Mr Rogers, and student Jordan Moore of Year 6, who laid the Book Donation on behalf St Pius X College, while his brother Dylan Moore of Year 8 formed the Guard of Honour as a Willoughby Scout. In attendance were members of the St Thomas Willoughby school community along with local MP Gladys Berejiklian, and Michelle Haywood the daughter of ex-servicewoman Daphne Dunne, who passed away in her 90’s the week prior. Daphne’s first husband Albert Chowne was a Willoughby local who won the Victoria Cross posthumously in Papua New Guinea in WWII. Ms Dunne met regularly with Prince Harry who recognized the purple VC ribbon each time he visited Sydney! RIP Daphne Dunne, a member of a great generation of Australians whose fathers served in WWI, grew up in the Depression years, and showed great character and values to defend Australia and the world from the tyranny of totalitarianism in WWII.