Waitaki Boys’ High School and St Kevin’s College will commemorate Anzac Day today, with services featuring deputy British High Commissioner Patrick Reilly.
Waitaki Boys’ rector Paul Jackson said Mr Reilly would be giving a speech at the service to those in attendance.
The school was looking forward to having Mr Reilly attend and they were happy they had succeeded in getting someone down, Mr Jackson said.
Mr Jackson said he was sure Mr Reilly would “be quite astonished” to see the school’s Hall of Memories.
Mr Reilly will also be attending St Kevin’s Anzac Day service.
As well as Mr Reilly, a replica World War 1 ambulance will be visiting the schools to commemorate Anzac Day.
Mr Jackson said Waitaki Boys’ had a moving service planned.
“It has a great deal of meaning for the boys and the old boys and staff of this college.
“What struck me when I first came here was the depth of sincerity.
“I’m overawed by it, it’s overwhelming how moving it is.
“I think anybody who comes to this would be impressed.”
The school had had a full practice service which had gone well and were ready for today, Mr Jackson said.
“Quite a few” of Waitaki Boys’ former students would be attending the service, which would feature hymns, poems, a firing squad and placing of poppies.
St Kevin’s College community liaison representative Cathy Taylor said St Kevin’s were ready for their service tomorrow.
The service would see students laying wreaths and gathering to see the flag raised to commemorate the soldiers who fought and died for the country.
Mr Reilly would be attending St Kevin’s service as well.
The Waitaki Boys’ service starts at 11.30am. The St Kevin’s service starts at 1pm.
By DAVID DE LOREAN