Five GT Online students participate in 2021 Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour
Fourteen students from twelve secondary schools in Western Australia have spent the last ten days touring around the State in commemoration of the Anzac legacy. In an amalgamation of the 2020 and 2021 tour groups, the students travelled to Kununurra, Broome, Rottnest and Albany between the 16-26 April 2021.
Among the fourteen students were five GT Online students who were chosen for the commemorative tour after first writing an essay which answered the question – Who should we believe when historical accounts of wartime experiences disagree? – and, having been selected as State finalists, completing an interview process. The students chosen to tour were:
Samuel Cameron – Central Midlands Senior High School.
Aleesya Amirizal – Champion Bay Senior High School
Maya Gibson – Denmark Senior High School
Samuel Carter – Karratha Senior High School
Sophie Taylor – Karratha Senior High School (2021 Methodist Ladies’ College)
The historical education of the tour focussed on:
- the Anzac legacy in the context of Western Australia’s pastoral heritage;
- nation building between the wars; and
- defence of the home-front during World War II.
Students visited important historical sites including the flying boat wrecks in Broome, the Oliver Hill battery and tunnels on Rottnest, the Special Air Service Regiment Museum at Campbell Barracks, and the State Library of Western Australia to explore the military collection items before commemorating Anzac Day by attending the dawn service at the Desert Mounted Corps Memorial on Mount Clarence in Albany and participating in the Anzac Day march in Albany.
Their tour diary can be read at https://www.education.wa.edu.au/2021-anzac-tour