Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Hon Sue Ellery BA MLC

Minister for Finance; Commerce; Women's Interests

    Students to tour Vietnam for war commemorations

    11/11/2017 8:00 AM
    • ​15th annual Premier's ANZAC Student Tour participants announced
    • Students to tour Vietnam in 2018 to reflect on Australian war history

    Ten secondary students with a keen interest in world history have been selected for the Premier's ANZAC Student Tour to Vietnam from April 16 to 26, 2018.


    The students, accompanied by two teacher supervisors and a tour co-ordinator, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the Battles of Coral and Balmoral from the Vietnam War.


    Nearly 50 years ago, in late January 1968, Australian troops in Vietnam fought against a massive force during the Tet Offensive which struck during a ceasefire and festivities for lunar New Year.


    Later that year, Australian soldiers fought in the deadly Battles of Coral and Balmoral.


    This is the first time the Premier's ANZAC Student Tour will journey to Vietnam.


    The 2018 tour also marks the end of the Centenary of ANZAC 2014 to 2018 period of national commemoration.


    Premier Mark McGowan will lead a variety of events to commemorate the end of the Centenary of ANZAC.


    The Premier's ANZAC Student Tour competition is open annually to all Western Australian students in Years 8 to 11 and students are selected following an essay competition and interviews.


    The tour provides an opportunity for passionate young ambassadors to represent the State on a history and commemorative study tour overseas.


    Comments attributed to Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery:


    "The 10 students going on the Premier's ANZAC Student Tour next year will visit sites in Vietnam and commemorate the service and sacrifice of ANZAC soldiers in these battles.


    "In completing their tour commitments, the students will help build awareness of our wartime legacy as well as further strengthen their knowledge of Australia's military history overseas while visiting historic landmarks.


    "Learning like this - immersed in history while seeing and experiencing the country - will be a sombre but incredible education opportunity for the students and one I'm sure they'll remember for the rest of their lives."


    Minister's office - 6552 5700


                                                       Student Tour Participants 


    Indigo BewAlbany Senior High SchoolYear 9
    Megan McDougallDenmark Senior High SchoolYear 9
    Vy NguyenKalamunda Senior High SchoolYear 11
    Olivia Darby-JonesManjimup Senior High SchoolYear 10
    Madeline GardinerMercedes CollegeYear 8
    Shaun HoskissonMindarie Senior CollegeYear 11
    Darcy RochePemberton District High SchoolYear 10
    Aryan SinghPerth Modern SchoolYear 9
    Verity HaganRossmoyne Senior High SchoolYear 10
    Hilary AndrewsSt Hilda's Anglican School for GirlsYear 8


    Teacher Supervisors

    Tony GranichHampton Senior High School, Deputy Principal
    Jennifer LumiaGovernor Stirling Senior High School, Gifted and Talented Coordinator
    Samantha BoswellTour co-ordinator