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Rebekah to visit World War II sites

Article Category  Dimboola Courier > Current News
Date Published  Wednesday, March 29 2017
Author  Dimboola Courier

Rebekah to visit World War II sites
Year 10 student Rebekah Albrecht will spend her school holidays on a study tour to Darwin and Singapore exploring historical sites relating to the Second World War.

Rebekah is one of twenty-two students from across the state who will spend their Easter holidays on the tour as recipients of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize.

A further twenty students will travel to Canberra later in the year under the same program.

Photo above: Rebekah at the official announcement event in Melbourne in February, with Member for Geelong Christine Couzens. Source: Department of Premier and Cabinet.

To enter the competition Rebekah could submit an entry in any of a number of forms, such as an essay, music composition, video entry, poem or art piece, in response to one of two given topics.

Rebekah submitted her entry in the form of an essay, which explored the effects that the war had on the home front, particularly on the women, children, and community in general.

The group will spend four days in Darwin and six days in Singapore, visiting various sites relating to the war, including the WWII Airfields, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Tiwi Islands and WWII Oil Storage Tunnels in Darwin and the Kranji War Memorial and Cemetery, the Changi Museum and Johore Battery in Singapore.

When asked what she is most looking forward to about the trip, Rebekah said: “I’m looking forward to the whole trip to be honest!”

“It’s hard to pin point just one or two things but the Oil Storage Tunnels in Darwin and the Changi Museum are what I’m probably the most eager for.”

She is looking forward to being able to experience places that, until now, have been limited to the classroom.

“It will be such a good opportunity to put our classroom knowledge to use and even just experiencing overseas travel for the first time should be exciting!”

Entries for the 2018 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize are now open. Any students who are interested in finding out how they can apply can visit this link - www.dpc.vic.gov.au/index.php/veterans/premiers-spirit-of-anzac-prize.

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