Wolumla Public School welcomes new flag pole

Flying high: The pupils of Wolumla Public School sang the national anthem under their new school flags for the first time on Wednesday morning. Photo: Alana Beitz

Flying high: The pupils of Wolumla Public School sang the national anthem under their new school flags for the first time on Wednesday morning. Photo: Alana Beitz

A new flag pole allows Wolumla Public School to fly the Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait flag for the first time.

The flag pole is a gift from the Merimbula RSL sub-branch, presented to the school by president Allan Browning and school liaison officer Phil Hall on Wednesday, October 11.  

Mr Browing decided the flag pole needed to be updated after a visit to the school on Anzac Day this year. 

“It came to our attention that the original flag pole was a bit sad and tired,” he said. 

“A flag pole sits right at the front of the school, so you want it to look as good as possible.”

The old pole could only fly one flag, but the cross design of the new pole has the capacity to fly three flags. 

The Aboriginal flag and Torres Strait flag now fly alongside the national Australian flag at Wolumla Public School.

“It’s important that these national flags are shown, especially at the front of a school,” Mr Browning said. 

Senior Wolumla pupils presented the new flags and explained the meaning behind their designs and colours. 

Wolumla principal Peter Claxton was delighted with the new flag pole and said the flags would be raised each morning by a rotating roster of students. 

After the flag raising ceremony, Wolumla Public School pupils and staff sung the national anthem. 

The Merimbula RSL sub-branch will also donate a plaque for the base of the flag pole in the future.

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