The strains of the Last Post drifted across Trinity’s quad as the School gathered for an especially poignant Remembrance Day service.
Heads were bowed, prayers offered and a minute’s silence observed as thoughts turned to those killed in war, including old Trinitarians.
The ceremony took on added significance in a pandemic year when traditional Anzac Day services in April had to be cancelled.
“It is a notable landmark in spite of all that has happened with COVID,” said Richard Bishop, Commanding Officer of the Trinity Cadet Unit.
“Not many schools around the country – probably half a dozen – conduct services of this detail and size.”
Head Master Tim Bowden urged students to pause amid the “busyness and hubbub” of daily life and think of those who had served and fallen in war.
“I encourage you to take the opportunity to reflect as the ceremony intends us to do,” he told them.
Remembrance Day marks the moment in 1918, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, when the guns fell silent to end World War one, which was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
“We know otherwise,” Mr Bowden said.
“War has not come to an end. Conflict will endure until the kingdom of God comes in all its fullness.”
He acknowledged the sacrifice of those who had fallen, and those for whom “the grief and loss of war continues to be their experience”.
In the ongoing pain and loss of war, he said, “we look to help beyond ourselves”.
School Chaplain Greg Webster said freedoms enjoyed in Australia such as freedom of speech and worship, and freedom from political oppression and persecution, had been won “at great cost”.
He noted the sacrifice of those killed fighting for liberty and justice – the fathers, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters, friends, schoolmates and future leaders, Trinity old boys among them.
“Let their sacrifice not be in vain,” he said.
He prayed that nations in a broken and divided world could “banish the spirit that makes for war” and unite as one family and with reverence for God.
School Captain Jamie Christopoulos (12Ar) joined the Head Master in turning a page in the School memorial book before bugler Hugo Millar (11Ar) sounded the Last Post, Alexander Patterson (12Ta) played the bagpipes and Vice Captain Will Martin (12Wh) read the Ode of Remembrance.
Remembrance Day was completed with a service in Trinity’s War Memorial Chapel on Wednesday afternoon.