Margaret Quirk

Margaret Quirk

Minister for Corrective Services; Small Business

    ANZAC tour students announced

    2/12/2005 12:00 AM

    Citizenship Minister Margaret Quirk has announced the names of 14 Western Australian school students chosen to attend ANZAC commemorations in France, Belgium and Gallipoli.

    The students, from public and private high schools throughout the State, will depart in late April for a two-week tour, the third year of the State Government-sponsored tour.

    Ms Quirk announced the names at a dinner-briefing function in the city last night.

    The Minister said the teenagers had been picked after an extensive State-wide selection process which included questioning on the role the State had played in the ANZAC legend.

    “To get through, finalists needed to give a five-minute talk on the topic: ‘The role Western Australians played in the formation and development of the ANZAC legend since 1915’,” she said.

    “Students also had to demonstrate their understanding of the positive values exhibited during times of war and lessons the current generation could learn from war.

    “The selection process was very difficult and these 14 students have done exceptionally well to be chosen.”

    Ms Quirk said the trip was part of the State Government's commitment to instilling in Western Australian students the importance of ANZAC Day.

    “Learning the values of honour, mateship and community service, as well as leadership skills, are some of the many benefits students will take home from this trip,” she said.

    “These students play an important role in keeping the ANZAC legend alive through sharing their experiences with classmates at their schools and neighbouring schools.”

    The 14 students met in Perth last night for a tour briefing and dinner, which was also attended by students from the 2004 and 2005 ANZAC Student Tours.

    Students have been drawn from Years 9-11 and reflect a cross-section of country and city schools.

    As well as Gallipoli, the Department of Education and Training-organised tour takes in Waterloo, Villers-Bretonneux, Le Hamel, Pozi�res, Menin Gate and Ypres.

    The 14 students who will travel on the April 2006 ANZAC tour are:

    Year 11
    Tamara Jones - Lockridge Senior High School
    Jodi Fryer - Rockingham Senior High School
    Daryl Eagle - Clarkson Community High School
    Courtney Terlick - Applecross Senior High School
    Bridgette Garbin - St Brigid’s College, Lesmurdie

    Year 10
    Rachel Michael - Toodyay District High School
    Hayley Davis - Leeming Senior High School
    Elisha Clifton - Esperance Senior High School
    Tegan Chick - Geraldton Senior College
    Amy Ellis - All Saints’ College, Bullcreek

    Year 9
    Luke Owen - Exmouth District High School
    Sarah Mulholland - Mt Lawley Senior High School
    James Adamini - York District High School
    Kristy Ninyette - Kelmscott Senior High School

    Minister's office: 9213 7000