2016 Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship

The 24 Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholars, Supervising Teachers and Tour Leaders undertook a fantastic educational tour of France and Belgium. The scholars represented NSW at the 2016 official centenary commemorations of the battles of Fromelles and Pozieres, which continue to hold significance due to the high loss of Australian lives during these battles. A tour highlight for the scholars was meeting His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) and the Australian Ambassador to France His Excellency Mr Stephen Brady AO CVO at the Australian Embassy in France.

Wreath laying Fromelles

Image: Deni Hoxha and Ashley Naylor laying a wreath at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Fromelles Ceremony

The tour party visited numerous sites along the Western Front where scholars learned about the battles and those who fought, and commemorated their memory. Each scholar researched a soldier who served on the Western Front during WWI and imagined what it was like for that person to serve through an immersive ‘Life at the Front’ experience in Passchendaele, Belgium.

 Passchendaele Experience Webpage

Image: the 2016 Scholars participate in the 'Life on the Front' educational experience in Passchendaele, Belgium.

The program was delivered by Veterans’ Affairs, Department of Premier and Cabinet, in partnership with the Department of Education. Scholars were selected on the basis of their passion for Australian history and the outstanding contributions they had made to their school community. The scholarship provides the opportunity for scholars to develop their interest in history, understanding of the Anzac tradition and leadership ability. Scholars are able to share their experiences with their local communities. Supervising teachers use the knowledge gained through the tour to develop educational resources and lessons for their students.

Archive: 2016 Tour Downloads

2016 Tour Scholarship Recipients

Surname

First Name

School

Berwick

Lauren

Lake Illawarra High School

Bowmer

Elizabeth

James Sheahan Catholic High School, Orange

Cherry

Zakk

Kurri Kurri High School

Crosweller

Indigo

Sydney Girls High

Davidson

Hunter

Guyra Central School

Doyle

Patrick

Murray High School

Frost

Amber

Westfields Sports High, Fairfield West

Gahan

Isabel

Hennessy Catholic College, Young

Gamble

Jacob

Merewether High School, Broadmeadow

Hoxha

Deni

Elderslie High School, Narellan

Jackson

James

Hastings Secondary College, Port Macquarie Campus

Johnston

Jack

Hunter River High School

Jones-Dunn

Caitlin

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Varroville

McMillan

Noah

Nowra Christian School

Naylor

Ashley

Great Lakes College, Forster Campus

Papastamatis

Nikita

St Pius X College, Chatswood

Price

Mitchell

Cranebrook High School

Reid

Elizabeth

Maitland Christian School

Sharrock

Luke

Maclean High School

Skinner

Jim

Warialda High School

Stanton

Emma

Asquith Girls High

Steel

Lachlan

Brisbane Water Secondary College

Van Overbeek

Antoine

St Andrews Christian School, Grafton

Wardle

Samantha

Henry Kendall High School, Gosford