Local student Gallipoli-bound for ANZAC centenary

A Noosa student is among 70 students from across Queensland who will travel to Gallipoli in 2015 to take part in the historic ANZAC Centenary commemoration as winners of the Premier’s ANZAC Prize.

Member for Noosa, Glen Elmes, congratulated the Good Shepherd Lutheran College student who was selected to take part in this extraordinary opportunity to tour Belgium, France and Turkey for two weeks from 22 April 2015.

“The 2015 tour group, some of whom had relatives who served in World War I, will attend ANZAC Day ceremonies both at Gallipoli and across the Western Front,” Mr Elmes said.

“I am thrilled that Meg Gemmell will be attending representing both the Good Shepherd Lutheran College community and the Noosa community.

“Meg represents her school in athletics at region, district and state levels. She assists at school Open Days and Dawn Services and is the Dux of her year and Primary School Captain. Her relatives also served in both World Wars.

Mr Elmes said the Premier’s ANZAC Prize aimed to help current and future generations learn lessons from the past.

“The ANZAC story is so important to Australia and we’re excited that these students will be able to learn more about it in this way,” Mr Elmes said.

“It will be a unique experience and honour for these students and their chaperones to stand on the Gallipoli Peninsula, 100 years to the day from when the ANZAC soldiers landed.

“The Premier’s ANZAC Prize is a great example of our strong plan to revitalize education and provide students with life-changing experiences,” Mr Elmes said.

“Lieutenant Colonel Jan Cooper, Commander of the North Queensland Australian Army Cadet Brigade and Principal of Townsville’s Annandale State School, was a member of the 2015 selection panel that undertook the difficult task of choosing the 70 winners from among the very many high quality, thoughtful and moving presentations,” Mr Elmes said.

“Lieutenant Colonel Cooper will also be one of the chaperones selected for the 2015 tour and will be fortunate to stand shoulder to shoulder with the students at such a profound experience.”

A complete list of the 2015 Premier’s ANZAC Prize winners is available at: www.education.qld.gov.au/students/grants/scholarships/anzac/2015.html along with links to video footage, photos and reports from past tours.

The Premier’s ANZAC Prize competition required students to produce an original, up to five minute multimedia presentation exploring how the ANZAC tradition has shaped Australia, why it’s still important and how future generations can keep the tradition alive.

There were 265 entries and an evaluation committee of history experts shortlisted the 90 entries.

These were then judged by a selection panel, appointed by the Premier, which included ANZAC descendants and current members of the Australian Defence Force.

Queensland will celebrate the ANZAC centenary with a range of activities as outlined on: www.qld.gov.au/Anzac100