Sixteen year 10 and 11 students from schools across NSW are recipients of the 2013 Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarships and will make a pilgrimage to sites of historical military significance in South East Asia, including Singapore, to learn more about the Anzac legacy. The scholars’ trip will take place over two weeks in June and July this year.
The trip is a unique opportunity for the students to learn about Australia’s military involvement in the region, not from text-books but through first-hand experience. The group will visit the sites of military bases and other significant places where Australian servicemen and women served their country. In remembrance of fallen Anzacs, the scholars will scatter the ashes of commemorative paper stars inscribed with the names of Australian casualties of war, originally cast in tribute by visitors to the ANZAC Memorial.
By seeing the places where Australian servicemen lived and fought, and by forging connections with local communities, this unparalleled real-life learning experience will undoubtedly open their eyes to the realities of war.
Students were selected for their commitment to the study of Australian history, and for their passion and involvement in maintaining the Anzac tradition in their communities. Before and after their trip, the scholars will play a leading role in commemorative activities at schools and memorials as well as submitting an individual project about their experiences.
Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarships South East Asia 2013 recipients are:
- Cameron Allan – Merewether High School
- Paul Blackman – McCarthy Catholic College
- Sarah Erimya – Bonnyrigg High School
- Effie Fergusson – Dunedoo Central School
- Jack Gohl – St Joseph’s College
- Ani Hoxha – Elderslie High School
- Simran Kaur – Sydney Girls High School
- Tahmyna Khoshnoud-Rad – Henry Kendall High School
- Corey Matthews-Wood – St Marys Senior High School
- James Mitchell – Albury High School
- Isobel McDonald – Monte Saint Angelo Mercy College
- Milena Mitic – Girraween High School
- Gabrielle Nguyen – St George Girls High School
- Benjamin Standen – Nowra High School
- Willis Thompson – Wauchope High School
- Luke Wye – Nyngan High School
- Kylea Rowing – Batemans Bay High School
- Darren Williams – Chatham High School
For more details, see the Veterans’ Affairs website.