Friday June 9, 2017
A Year 11 History student from Glenmore Park High School will take part in the trip of a lifetime as one of the successful recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.
Lachlan Thuaux will visit battlegrounds on the Western Front with other students from across the state to further enhance their knowledge of the Anzac spirit.
“I love the study of History,” Lachlan said. “It provides us with a stronger, deeper understanding of who we are, and also of the complex issues our country and our world faces today. It also allows us to understand and celebrate the diversity of our Australian culture.”
“This opportunity is beyond anything I could have imagined and it is a journey that I have always had a strong interest in doing. This interest has come from my family, through my study of History and from my involvement in Cadets. Just the thought of this opportunity brings to the surface such strong emotions in me.”
“An amazing opportunity for Lachlan and the Glenmore Park High School community. Student submissions were extremely strong with the panel deciding Lachlan's stood out due to his links to family, defence forces and his passion for World War 1 history,” Glenmore Park High School Principal Lisette Gorick said.
Principal Gorick continued, “We are very proud of Lachlan and can't wait to hear of his wonderful adventures on his return.”
More than 130 Government, Catholic and Independent schools across the state entered the ballot. The 22 successful schools have all chosen one student to take part.
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP visited Glenmore Park High School to congratulate Lachlan.
“It is truly exciting to listen to Lachlan speak so passionately about history,” Tanya Davies said. “The Anzac spirit lives on through young people like him who are committed to learning about the sacrifices made by those during times of conflict.”
“I am certain all the students embarking on the tour will be able to draw upon this memorable opportunity in their studies as well as other aspects of their lives,” Tanya Davies said.
Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said the tour will provide students with a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime history and the birth of the Anzac legend.
“This is a unique opportunity, one that offers scholars like Lachlan an insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elliott said.
This 12-day tour will visit significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France including Villiers Bretonneux, Bullecourt, Fromelles and Ypres.
For more information on the tour and the Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, please visit: http://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/education/premiers-anzac-memorial-scholarship/.