Newman to send 70 students to Gallipoli for ANZAC centenary

QUEENSLAND students living in regional areas have the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in the historic Anzac Day centenary commemoration in Gallipoli next year.

The State Government is offering 70 students and 10 teachers the chance to be a part of history by representing the state at the momentous event and to experience the Anzac tradition first-hand.

Students, in addition to attending the Dawn Service at Anzac Cove, will also visit various sites in Turkey, Belgium and France that were significant in the First World War as part of the tour.

Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek said students between years 8 and 11 were eligible to enter the competition for their chance to secure a spot on the tour.

He said to enter the competition students were required to create a two- to five-minute multimedia presentation discussing how the Anzac tradition has shaped our nation, why it remains important today, and how future generations can keep the tradition alive.

"It is through the education and involvement of young people that we ensure the Anzac legacy lives on," he said.

"It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

"The landing of the Anzacs on Turkey's Gallipoli Peninsula shaped Australian history and kindled the iconic Anzac spirit that we remember every Anzac Day, as we honour the service and sacrifice made by our soldiers 100 years ago."

Mr Langbroek said the successful students would have the cost of the study tour, including travel, insurance, accommodation, and meals provided for.

"From Anzac Cove in Gallipoli, to the Eastern Flanders Battlefields in Belgium and the Villers-Bretonneux Australian National Memorial in France, the group will see many of the sites and battlefields they have studied in school," he said.

Applications close on September 19.

Shortlisted students will be chosen by a selection panel that includes an Anzac descendent and a serving member of the Australian Defence Force.

The list of successful students will be announced before the end of the 2014 school year.

For more information, or to download the student application pack, click here.



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