Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott announced 20 high schools from across NSW have won the opportunity to participate in the 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship. The schools selected via a ballot by Mr Elliott and representatives from the Department of Education and the Office for Veterans Affairs will now select one student to take part in the trip of a lifetime.
“This NSW Government funded initiative gives students the chance to visit historic battlefields in France and Belgium where Australians forged the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elliott said. Students from the 20 successful schools will prepare a piece of work based on the Centenary of Anzac. Each school will select one student to participate in the tour.
d“I encourage students in Year 9 and 10 with a keen interest in history to apply,” Mr Elliott said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for students from across NSW to represent their school and community.” Mr Elliott said the students would leave Sydney in September next year and travel to Flanders in Belgium to commemorate the Battle of Hamel in 1918. They will also take in other significant Australian battlefields including the Ypres Salient, Passchendaele and the Somme.
“This is a unique opportunity and one that offers students insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the birth of the Anzac legend,” Mr Elliott said. “The 2018 pilgrimage to the Western Front will enable the sacrifice and courage of our Anzacs to be better understood by our younger generations. It is imperative that the contribution of our service men and women is honoured and remembered.”