Kumbia State School student leaders Bridget Barr, Tahlia Tones-Henderson, Rhianann Reed and Matilda Doran at the 2018 Kumbia Anzac Day service.
Kumbia State School student leaders Bridget Barr, Tahlia Tones-Henderson, Rhianann Reed and Matilda Doran at the 2018 Kumbia Anzac Day service. Jessica McGrath

Anzac traditions keep values alive

KUMBIA has an Anzac tradition to make sure the community never forgets the day's message.

Alongside the flowers, wreaths and Anzac paper creations, placed on the cenotaph during the ceremony, are books.

Different community groups choose to give a lasting gift by donating books about the Anzacs and life in war to Kumbia State School and Kumbia Kindergarten.

Kumbia State School acting principal Debbie Buckley said the books given in lieu of the wreaths formed part of the school's library collection on Anzac and war history.

"I think it's hugely important that our children understand war history and the sacrifices that have been made,” she said.

In the lead-up to the day the school taught the students about the values of the Anzacs and how they could emulate these in the current world.

"Things like responsibility, looking out for your mate and leaving nobody behind, those sorts of values,” Mrs Buckley said.

Students and past students marched in the parade with the school or community groups, and the school band played the national anthem at the Kumbia Anzac service.

"They are just an important part of what we do, so it's really nice to see the community come together and the children be a big part of that,” Mrs Buckley said.

Through listening to guest speaker Alice Greenup speak about her family connections to the local area and the Anzac legend, the local stories became more personal for the students.

"When they hear the stories of people who have fallen here, of the family names of people who live in the local area, it becomes real to them and they are interested in knowing more,” Mrs Buckley said.

The school was grateful for the donations which would help the teachers foster a love of reading, she said.