Remembrance Day 2017

Comet Bay College coordinated an exhibition at St Georges Cathedral on the Remembrance Day weekend. The Portrait of a Veteran artworks were a touching tribute to those who have served and it was such a stunning venue for the display. We appreciate Dean Richard Pengelley for providing this exhibition opportunity.

A few of the artists and veterans who participated in the Portrait of a Veteran Project gathered at St Georges Cathedral on Remembrance Day. We thank them for their continued support.

Our college foyer was decorated in honour of all who have served our country.

A bell tent hung from the balcony, adorned with paper poppies made by the students. Comet Bay College was fortunate enough to receive this brilliant replica tent from the Spirit of the Anzac Exhibition. At the top of the display was the wreath made by the RSL WA Poppy Ladies. The photo really doesn’t do the wreath justice as it is 2.4 metres wide with thousands of hand knitted poppies on all sides.

Also from this National exhibition there was a 4.5m wide fabric banner with the infamous photo of the 11th Battalion on the pyramid steps in Egypt during WW1. The Western Australian Genealogical Society Inc. (WAGS) kindly loaned this display, along with the interactive cameras that allowed the viewer to zoom in on the photo and see their service history displayed on the screen.

Gratitude cards written by the students also flanked the Battalion Picture, hung from Army Camouflage Netting.

Former Comet Bay College student Jani-Mei Jackson wore our Poppy Dress that had been made earlier this year as a collaborative project between students and the Country Women’s Association (Baldivis Belles).

The dress was a part of a “Grieving Mother Tribute” (see below)
Local Artist Gary Wisker, painted her arm with a poppy design for a stunning effect.

St Georges Cathedral
Sunday Times Online Front Cover
Jani with RSL President Peter Aspinall

The Grieving Mother Tribute

In honour of every mother who has proudly watched her son or daughter head off to serve our country and particularly to those women who have lost a child, partner, sibling or parent as a result of that service….we pay homage to their sacrifice, their pain and suffering…and for the loss of the future they should have shared together.

We also honour those women who supported their loved ones during their times of service; who carried on the important role of running the family, business, farm or household whilst her family members served.

Women have kept this country, society and family units together during times of war and peace; and their contributions should be acknowledged and appreciated.

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