The first five recipients of the inaugural Premier’s ANZAC Prize
have set off on their overseas journey to Gallipoli and the
Premier Campbell Newman and Minister for Education, Training and Employment John-Paul Langbroek farewelled 16 year old students Elijah Douglas (Spinifex State College, Mount Isa) and Emma Kearney (St Andrew’s Catholic College, Cairns), 15 year old students Kristina Madden (Christian Outreach College, Toowoomba) and Kyle Walsh (Kirwan State High School), and 14 year old Jack Graham (Noosa District State High School) at Brisbane International Airport this morning.
“The ANZAC history and their ongoing legacy is very important for our school children to learn about and understand,” Mr Newman said.
“This will be a great opportunity for these five lucky students and I’m sure they will be great ambassadors for Queensland schools.
“As the son of a war veteran and former member of the army I am also incredibly passionate about young Queenslanders being given the once in a life time chance to personally trace our military history.”
Mr Newman said the students were selected out of many throughout the state for their excellent multimedia submissions documenting what ANZAC Day meant to them.
“It is vital that Queensland children can continue our ANZAC traditions for future generations, and that’s why we have made a commitment to sponsoring 50 students over the next three years,” he said.
Mr Langbroek said the students were both excited and nervous about starting their ANZAC journey.
“For many of them, this is the first time they have been overseas and away from their families and it will be an experience they will remember and talk about for the rest of their lives,” Mr Langbroek said.
After a short stopover in Istanbul, the group will travel to Gallipoli where the students will visit the Kabatepe War Museum, Anzac Cove, Lone Pine, Quinn’s Post and other key sites.
“They will attend the dawn service at the Anzac Commemorative Site in Gallipoli on ANZAC Day, before continuing on across Belgium and France,” he said.
“One of the students, Elijah Douglas, has made a didgeridoo to play at various locations along the way in honour of our Indigenous ANZAC soldiers.”
Mr Langbroek said the students had researched the stories of three ANZAC soldiers each and would lay a flag, poppy and personal message on their graves or memorials.
“I wish them all the very best for a safe trip and look forward to following their activities online,” he said.
Pimlico State High School Head of Department Glenn Edwards and Ipswich Girls’ Grammar School teacher Julie Younger are chaperoning the group.
Daily updates, photos and videos will be posted online at http://education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/2013-tour.html
The Honourable Campbell Newman
Minister for Education, Training and Employment
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek
Sunday, 21 April 2013