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The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011



The Northern Territory news Thu 21 Apr 2011

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18 NT NEWS. Thursday, April 21, 2011. www.ntnews.com.au P U B : N T N E W S D A T E : 2 1 -A P R -2 0 1 1 P A G E : 7 1 8 C O L O R : C M Y K THE TERRITORY AT WAR Special feature Study award keeps alive Anzac spirit Younger generation honours the Diggers THE Chief Ministers Anzac Spirit Study Tour Award 2011 will support students to explore the history of An zac Day and the continuing importance of Australias involvement in various confl icts and peacekeeping missions. It will provide an exciting opportu nity for three Year 9 and 10 students to visit a World War I battlefi eld of sig nifi cance to Australia and the Anzacs to coincide with 2012 Anzac Day com memorations. The winning students will visit Villers-Bretonneux, France. Villers-Bretonneux has a special bond with Australia as it was liberated by the Anzacs in 1918, almost three years to the day of the landing at Gal lipoli. The securing of this town was a signifi cant victory against the German offensive as it ended their progress to wards the strategic town of Amiens. The towns school, which was re built with assistance from Victorian school children, and town hall, have plaques proudly declaring Never For get Australia. In response, children from Villers-Bretonneux raised money to rebuild a school in Victoria that was destroyed in the 2009 bushfi res. The Australian War Memorial built in Villers-Bretonneux honours more than 10,000 Australian soldiers who perished in WWI battlefi elds in France and have no known grave. The memo rial is also the resting place for those 1200 Anzacs who fell liberating the town itself and as of 2008 is now home to an Anzac Day dawn service. Entries can be submitted as an essay, poem or song, video presentation, Pow erPoint presentation or a website. To enter, students must address the question: What inspiration does the legend of the Anzac provide for youth in the 21st century? Students must submit entries to their school by Friday, August 12, 2011. Schools will be required to select their top two entries based on merit and forward these to a judging panel by Monday, August 29, 2011. Successful applicants will then be interviewed by the selection panel before the Chief Minister announces the winners in September 2011. Three students will be invited to take part in the fully-funded study tour, which will cover the costs of travel, ac commodation, insurance, meals, uni form, passport and visa expenses, and additional expenses for the duration of the 7-10 day tour. For more information on this once in-a-lifetime opportunity, visit www. anzacspirit.nt.gov.au By ELLIE TURNER FINDING the words to de-scribe Anzac Day is hard at the best of times. It stirs emotion and ensures the memory remains of those who served and lost their lives fi ghting for freedom. But, achieving the diffi cult feat, Darwin students Haylea Gusling, 16, Henry Boeck and Becci Smith, 15, have cast a light on the meaning of wartime his tory for younger generations. Their winning entries in the inaugrual Chief Ministers An zac Spirit Study Tour Award will yield a unique opportunity as they journey to France on April 19 for the ultimate Anzac Day experience - a Dawn Ser vice at The Somme. Its amazing young people can have such a deep under standing of wars so far in the past, Beccis mum, Jenni Smith said. I think the mortality of war and studying the people involved in history really in trigues them, the same way it does many others. It will be an amazing experi ence. Chosen for their dedication and achievement in the har rowing Anzac Spirit project, the trio will begin their subsi dised journey with two days in Paris before touring through the battlefi elds of the Western Front. Becci, whose great grandfa ther fought in World War One, was recognised for her effort by the Northern Territory Service mens Association. She has been presented with a case holding every badge of the Rising Sun used in Austra lian military history. Beccis poetic winning en try, Their Hope Our Pride brought forth such emotion in her grandparents that they rang from England and asked her to read it aloud, her mum said. Its a pretty special thing, she told the NT News. The Darwin Middle School student interviewed her class mates and took their views of Anzac Day to create her piece. It was hard when I couldnt fi nd the right words but Ive al ways really liked things to do with the past, she said. Out of everything, the wars and the Anzacs I fi nd most in triguing, especially stories like Simpson and his donkey. Becci has been to Dawn Ser vices since she was old enough to stand still. This ones going to be one to remember, she said. Haylea Gusling, of Palmer ston Senior College, said her spirited documentary was in spired by her great grandfather, who also fought in the First World War as a soldier in the French resistance on the West ern Front. I knew it would mean a lot to my grandmother if I won the chance to go over, she said. My great uncle John also fought in Vietnam and was rec ognised last year in South Aus tralia with an Order of Austra lia medal. Hayleas 86-year-old grand mother was in the World War Two Womens Army and can still remember her old service number. Anzac Day is a very emotion al time for my family, Haylea said. With armed forces ties hitting even closer to home, 15-year-old Henrys father Karl Boeck, a Warrant Offi cer Class Two, is serving the country in Afghani stan. The St Johns College student said he hoped to join the defence force after fi nishing school. The Anzac spirit means a lot to me and my family and Ive experienced a lot of Dawn Ser vices in Darwin and other capi tal cities, he said. I cant wait to experience a service in the place that marks such a big part in history for Australia. Henrys Special Forces aspi rations were a driving energy behind his winning entry, a video of what it means to be in spired by the Anzac spirit. He also had two great grand fathers fi ghting in France in World War One - albeit against each other. In his motherss family was a front line Australian ambu lance man who ran his injured comrades out to the vehicles from the trenches. On his fathers side was an Austrian soldier who took up arms against the allies. Henry has grown up with the Army as a way of life, his mum Mary said. Chaperoned by a teacher and Defence Force Corporal, the trio will also have a chance to visit Victoria School while in the villiage of Villers-Brettoneux a centre rebuilt after the war through donations from school children in Victoria, Australia. The commemoration at The Somme, at the historic WWI battleground on the Western Front that was liberated from the Germans on April 25, 1918, will be a cornerstone in their young lives. Becci Smith, Haylea Gusling and Henry Boeck are commemorating Anzac Day on the Somme