St Mary's unveils Anzac memorial

St Mary's Catholic Primary School students now have a space where they can go to reflect and remember the sacrifices made by this country's selfless armed service personnel over many years.

The memorial garden was unveiled at a ceremony on Friday after the school community took part in mass led by Father Kevin Njoku of St Mary's Catholic Parish.

It features a cenotaph, as well as seats and a number of trees which were planted by representatives of the Beaudesert RSL Sub Branch and students.

St Mary's College financial secretary Kym Neuendorff said construction of the area was made possible by an Armistace Centenary Grant through Veterans Affairs.

"We wanted an area that the kids could visit when they need to pay their respects," she said.

"It's a gorgeous space.

"It is vitally important the children remember and they can use the memorial garden any time they need to reflect."

The cenotaph features a plaque which had previously been attached to a rock found at another location on campus.

It reads 'In memory of those who gave their lives in defence of our country.'

"We felt it fitting to move it to this space."

Principal Kevin Billion welcomed the representatives from the RSL Sub-Branch who took part in the ceremony, including president Carol Castles, vice president Errol Guilfoyle, and committee members Noel Parker and Jon Forbe-Smith.

"As we honour the past, may we put our faith in your future; for you are the source of life and hope, now and forever."

Father Kevin also blessed the memorial garden.