One Lavalla Catholic College student will embark on a trip of a lifetime in March, when she travels to Gallipoli as part of the Victorian Government’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize.
Year 11 student, Isis Tyler, will become the sixth Lavalla Catholic College representative to visit Gallipoli and the Western Front, Member for Morwell, Russell Northe, announced today.
Fellow student Lily Van Berkel will also join the Canberra tour through the same program, representing Victoria to visit the Australian War Memorial in June.
“It’s a great experience for both of these girls to get a taste of Australia’s war history just over 100 years on from the landing on the Gallipoli shores,” Mr Northe said.
The students were selected after submitting projects that reflect what the ANZAC spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia.
“Both girls fully deserve these honours after their great entries that addressed the tough criteria really well, while also giving an insight of life at war,” Mr Northe said.
The study group tour to Gallipoli increased from 12 to 22 places this year and Mr Northe said students would return with stories about Australia’s war history that would ensure the legacy of veterans continues into the future.
Member for Eastern Victoria Region Melina Bath said the 2016 tour was a unique chance for year 10 and 11 students to reflect on the spirit of the Australians who gave their lives for their country.
“The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize tour group will follow in the footsteps of our World War I veterans as they visit Lemnos, Gallipoli and the Western Front,” she said.
Lily, who made her submission during year nine at St Paul’s Anglican Grammar School last year, will be one of 20 students to visit Canberra.
Entries for the 2017 study tour are now open. Visit www.veterans.vic.gov.au for application details.
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