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Saturday, 28 March 2015

A group of Victorian students has embarked on a European study tour to Gallipoli and the Western Front after receiving the Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize.

The twelve year 10 and 11 pupils, from schools in Melbourne and regional Victoria, will visit the Gallipoli peninsula, along with Lemnos and the Western Front, as they consider what the Anzac spirit means to them.

The students will lay wreaths at a commemoration service at the East Mudros Military Cemetery in Lemnos, and tour Gallipoli and Western Front battlefield sites including Anzac Cove and the Lone Pine Memorial.

The group was handpicked by the State Selection Panel, chaired by Lieutenant Colonel Michelle Ager, which received more than 650 applicants.

The travellers will be joined by teachers Julie Butt-Henley, from Bairnsdale's Nagle College, and Brendan Bawden, from Ballarat's Damascus College, who will act as chaperones, along with veterans, Rear Admiral John Lord AM, Chair of the Victorian Veterans Council, and President of the Greensborough RSL Sub-Branch, Mr Lee Webb. Member for Wendouree and Victorian Anzac Centenary Committee member, Sharon Knight, will lead the tour group.

In addition, 16 regional finalists will attend the Premier's Anzac Day luncheon next month, before a three-day study tour of Canberra and the Australian War Memorial.

Entry for next year's prize is already open. Applicants are asked to describe what the Anzac spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia.

Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews

"The Anzac Centenary is a time to reflect upon the spirit of those Australians who gave their lives in service to our country. Their fairness, endurance and courage should never be forgotten."

"This opportunity will allow the student prize recipients to consider what the spirit of the Anzac means to them. Our young people are the future, and the memories of our troops contain many positive lessons for them to learn."

Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans Affairs, John Eren

"The Premier's Spirit of Anzac Prize gives students the chance to learn about an important chapter in our nation's history."

"All eligible applicants should consider applying for next year's prize, with opportunities to take part already open."






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