Enduring ANZAC Spirit

As we commemorate ANZAC Day, a solemn occasion that holds profound significance in our nation's history, we are reminded of the enduring values of sacrifice and selflessness. This year, it is pertinent that we reflect on how the spirit of the ANZACs resonates deeply with the attributes at CBC Fremantle, particularly the ideal that a CBC gentleman is selfless by nature. anzac-screenshot_2.png

ANZAC Day is a time to commemorate the courage and sacrifice of those who served and continue to serve our country. It serves as a poignant reminder of the selflessness exhibited by the men and women who answered the call of duty, often placing the needs of others above their own safety and comfort.

Reflecting on the selflessness of the ANZAC spirit, we are reminded of a quote from Charles Bean, the official historian of the Australian Imperial Force in World War I: "He asked for nothing, save that his family be cared for." This quote encapsulates the quiet courage and selflessness of the ANZAC soldiers, who faced immense hardships while prioritising the well-being of their loved ones back home.

This essence of selflessness aligns closely with one of the fundamental attributes of a CBC gentleman. At CBC, we strive to instil in our students a sense of duty and service to others, fostering a spirit of generosity and compassion. The values embodied by the ANZACs—courage, mateship, and sacrifice—are integral to shaping young men of character who embody these principles in their daily lives.

Personal sacrifice is not just a historical concept; it remains a guiding principle that inspires us today. Whether it's the small acts of kindness within our school community or larger gestures of service beyond our gates, every act of selflessness contributes to the essence of our CBC identity.

Every day, we witness acts of service—a helping hand with a locker or assistance for an injured friend carrying their bag. These simple gestures have a meaningful impact on others. We aspire for our selfless CBC gentlemen to be positive influences in all aspects of their lives.

In our Rites of Passage context, our students are challenged to transition from a child's perspective to an adult viewpoint, where the focus shifts from self to others. Many World War I soldiers were of similar age to our Year 12 students, facing hardships and horrors that today's youth are fortunate to be shielded from. It's important for our community to reflect and show gratitude. One way we can honour those who sacrificed for us is by serving others with kindness.

As we pause to honour the ANZAC legacy, let us reflect on what it means to embody selflessness in our own lives. May we find inspiration in the stories of courage and sacrifice, striving to live up to the ideals of a CBC gentleman—someone who gives of themselves for the greater good, following in the footsteps of those who have gone before us.

This ANZAC Day, let us remember and honour the spirit of sacrifice, holding fast to the belief that true greatness lies in serving others.

Lest we forget.

Mr Brent Butcher
Vice Principal