EIGHT Gold Coast students will take part in the historic Anzac Centenary commemoration at Gallipoli in 2015 as winners of the Premier’s Anzac Prize.
Premier Campbell Newman said 70 students from across Queensland would benefit from the opportunity to immerse themselves in the spirit of Anzac.
“The Anzac story is so important to Australia and we’re excited that these students will be able to learn more about it in this way,” Mr Newman said.
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“It will be a unique experience and honour for these students and chaperones to stand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 100 years to the day from when the Anzac soldiers landed.
“This tour will be a time they’ll never forget and one they can share with their families now and in years to come.”
[signoff icon=”icon-pin”]The Premier’s Anzac Prize 2015 – Gold Coast winning students:
•Lycharne Parkinson, Beenleigh State High School
•Ayla Tartic, Benowa State High School
•Jayde Milliner, Coombabah State High School
•Faith Howells, Helensvale State High School
•Darcy Reynolds, Marymount College (Burleigh Waters)
•Phebe Mills, Merrimac State High School
•Emily Ireland, Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
•Elly Domrow, St Hilda’s School (Southport)[/signoff]
The students will get to tour Turkey, Belgium and France with their chaperones for two weeks from 22 April 2015.
During the tour they will also attend Anzac Day ceremonies both at Gallipoli and across the Western Front
“Visiting these war memorial sites and attending commemorations in person at such an historic moment, will provide these young Queenslanders with an invaluable educational experience,” Mr Newman said.
The Premier’s Anzac Prize competition required students to produce an original, two to five minute multimedia presentation exploring how the Anzac tradition has shaped Australia, why it’s still important and how future generations can keep the tradition alive.
The judging panel included Anzac descendants and current members of the Australian Defence Force.