‘Respect, Resilience, Teamwork and Commitment, these are just some of the words used to describe the boys and girls from the Toowoomba Grammar School Army Cadet Unit (TGSACU) over the last month. April is a particularly busy month for an Army Cadet Unit, with multiple practices and many late afternoons marching up and down the ovals to prepare for the busy ANZAC Week.
TGSACU ANZAC Week begun with all the Toowoomba Defence Force Cadets getting together to march down Margaret Street as a united group under the command of the Battalion Regimental Sergeant Major. TGSACU marched under the direction of CUO Tom Wallis and proudly carried the new school banner. Members of the TGSACU Drum Corp including SGT Harrison Files, SGT Eloise Radford, SGT Olivia Lewis, CDT Lawson Booth and CDT Max Payne-Bailey made sure that everyone in the street knew we were coming joining forces with the drum corps from the other units to create a sound that was more than impressive. Congratulations should be given to all the cadets that marched as they did themselves and the school very proud.
On Friday, 26 April the TGS ANZAC Day Service was conducted on Old Boys Memorial Oval. TGSACU once again marched under the direction of CUO Tom Wallis and was aided by the snare drum of SGT Harrison Files and bass drum of CDT Harry Coggan. The Service was led by Headmaster Peter Hauser with special guests and old boys Colonel Duncan Schultz, Deputy Commander 11 Brigade Gallipoli Barracks and Major Malcolm Woodside laying wreaths on the cenotaph. Sixty-three white crosses each named for a TGS old boy that lay down his life during WWI and the Boer War were presented with an Australian Flag as a reminder of their ultimate sacrifice. Lest We Forget.
With the conclusion of ANZAC Day and the approaching winter weather we now look forward to getting back into the classroom to learn Navigation and prepare ourselves for the next bivouac being held at Gordan Country, Goomburra. In addition, a few lucky cadets have been selected to attend the upcoming Lance Corporals Course and we wish them all the best.
LT(AAC) Lauren Trevisani