Year 11 students Ella Magner and Chontelle
Harris are heading off on a trip of a lifetime when they take part in the 2019
Premier’s ANZAC Prize tour to London, France and Belgium.
The two girls will visit important memorial
sites in London before heading over to France and Belgium to visit the Western
Front battlefields. They will also
attend the Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux in France.
The Premier’s ANZAC Prize is a wonderful
opportunity for students to experience the Anzac tradition firs-hand and how
the Anzac legacy relates to modern Australia.
Ella will take the opportunity to lay a wreath
at the Menin Gate in Belgium where her great, great uncle’s name is engraved on
“Being able to commemorate each of these amazing
service people and thank them for their sacrifice is a dream come true,” said
Chontelle said she was surprised by the amount
of boys who were in the defence force at such a young age.
“It really hits home when there are people who
are my age or my friend’s age, who died at war on behalf of their county.”
The annual Premier’s Anzac Prize send eight
students and two teacher chaperones on the tour. All eligible Qld high school students in
Years 8 – 11 can apply for travel the following year. Each state school or accredited non-state
school may nominate up to two students.
High School is especially proud to be involved with the Premier’s Anzac Prize
and is the only school in the state to have had a student involved in the
program in every year since its inception in 2013.