ANZAC Day is one of reflection and remembrance for all who served and died in all wars, conflicts, and peacekeeping operations and the contribution and suffering of all those who have served.
Back in 1940, a St Hilda’s student by the name of Lady Julia Fay Moore (nee Drake-Brockman) wrote a poem for her father as he was called up for war service. Her poem, Tall Trees, shares the theme of distant war which could not be more relevant today.
Tall Trees, mist and the river beyond:
Stars in the sky and alight
Winking ‘neath fir trees
Peace – and the silence around,
Quiet – and, unmindful of war,
Day sleeps, lulled by a song of the wind
And echo of ocean’s roar.
Two current St Hilda’s students, Bridie Moulds (Year 12 ) and Jenny Yuan (Year 10) have composed a piece of music to these lyrics and our Chamber String Ensemble and Whitby and Senior Chorales have recorded the piece. With the permission of RSLWA, we have combined the music with a video to mark this significant day.