Congratulations to Alejandro in Year 11 who has been chosen by Castle Hill RSL to represent Oakhill College as an ANZAC Ambassador.
Each year schools in the hills district have the opportunity to nominate a student to participate in this program. The focus for this year’s commemorations is ‘The service of Australians in Afghanistan’ and for the interview Alejandro researched, prepared and spoke about various aspects of this theme, including choosing one of the four Australian VC winners in Afghanistan. The interview selection panel was:
- Mayor Dr Michelle Byrne, Mayor of The Hills Shire
- Mrs Bev Jordan, Journalist and Hills Shire Citizen of the Year for 2015
- Mr Austin Rosier, Ambassador in 2015 and Hills Young Citizen of the Year 2020
- Mr Bryan Mullan, retired School Principal and Schools’ Coordinator for the Centenary of Anzac in The Hills.
Following the interview process, four students were chosen to be Anzac Ambassadors. They then had the opportunity to participate in a public speaking program run by former 2GB Radio Host Gareth McGray, Castle Hill and District RSL subbranch President David Hand, Castle Hill RSL subbranch member Bryan Mullan and former Anzac Ambassador Austin Rosier. Alejandro’s role for Anzac Day was to prepare a speech about Victoria Cross recipient Daniel Keighran and give some insight into him and his time in Afghanistan.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the Anzac Dawn Service ceremony at Kellyville Anzac Centenary Reserve was cancelled. The service will be broadcast on Saturday 25 April on the Castle Hill RSL and Castle Hill RSL Subbranch Facebook pages at 8:00am and 3.00pm, and the Ode at 5:21pm.
For Alejandro being an Anzac Ambassador has become an experience of a lifetime and an honour for him, not only representing Oakhill College but to represent his generation to Australian Veterans.
Alejandro’s work as ambassador won’t end after ANZAC Day. He will also play a role in Remembrance Day services in November.