Wandana Heights student, Larissa Zanardo, will represent her region and Victoria on an overseas study tour to learn about the service and sacrifices of our veterans.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced the Sacred Heart College student will join the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize tour in 2018, tracing the steps of Australians who served in World War Two.
The Andrews Labor Government is providing the opportunity for young Victorians to learn about our military history and to travel to historical sites where Australians have served in conflict. Since 2014, the Prize has sent 240 Victorian students to locations including Lemnos, the Western Front, Singapore and Darwin.
Forty-two students won their place on the 2018 tours by submitting entries that considered the impact of war on Australian society.
Larissa is one of twenty-two students who will head to Darwin and Singapore in April, joined by three teachers, two veterans and parliamentary tour leader, Mr Frank McGuire MP.
The 10 day itinerary will include the Darwin Military Museum, Fort Hill Wharf, Lim Bo Seng Memorial, Changi Chapel and the Kranji War Memorial.
In addition, 20 students will also take part in a Canberra study tour during the first week of the term 2 holidays.
Accompanied by two teachers, the group will visit key sites of national significance such as Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Entries for the 2018-19 study tour open on 5 February 2018.
Now in its 15th year, the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize provides a unique chance for Year 10 and 11 students to reflect upon the spirit of the Australians who have fought for their country and the impact of war on our society.
For more details or to apply online, visit www.dpc.vic.gov.au/soap
Quotes attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney MP
“The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize is a special opportunity for our kids to spread their wings and learn about a time in our history that shaped our nation.”
“I congratulate Larissa and our Victorian delegation – you will come away from this experience with a rich understanding of Australia’s military history and a deeper respect for those who serve their country, past and present.”
“All Victorian students should understand the sacrifice our veterans made and appreciate the decisive moments in our history. The Spirit of Anzac Prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I encourage all year 9 and 10 students across the region to consider applying for the next tour.”
Quotes attributable to the Minister for Veterans, John Eren MP
“We’re giving Victorian students a unique opportunity to learn more about those who have served their country, and to honour those who have lost their lives.”