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Penrith Student to Tour Key Anzac Battlegrounds


Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith today joined Mr Mark Long, Principal of Penrith High School to announce that the school has been selected via a ballot to participate in the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

Stuart Ayres said it was a sensational opportunity for Penrith High School to select a student to represent the community and gain a better understanding of the Anzac legacy.

“The successful student will have a remarkable educational opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the Anzacs and enhance their understanding of a legacy that has shaped Australia’s military story.”

“I encourage Penrith High students in Year 10 and 11 with a keen interest in history to apply,” Stuart Ayres said. “I look forward to meeting the student when successful applicants are announced in 2018.”

Twenty high school students from across the State will embark on a once in a lifetime tour of key Anzac battlegrounds as 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholars.

Students interested in attending the tour will submit a piece of work on a theme or topic that relates to the Centenary of Anzac, which will be judged by a panel selected by the school. Essays, poems or short stories, video presentations and musical compositions are just some of the formats applications can be submitted in. 

The 2018 tour would see students travel to Flanders in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Hamel in 1918. The 13-day tour will also take in other significant Australian battlefields including the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele and the Somme.

David Elliott, Minister for Veterans Affairs said honouring veterans who answered the call for service was imperative during the Centenary of Anzac.

“This tour will bring to life the history of the First World War and offer students new insight into Australia’s wartime history and the birth of the Anzac legend,” Mr Elliott. 


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