Glenmore Park High School student Lachlan Thuaux will realise a dream later this year when he travels to the battlegrounds of the Western Front.
“I love the study of history,” Lachlan said. “It provides us with a stronger, deeper understanding of who we are, and also of the complex issues our country and our world faces today. It also allows us to understand and celebrate the diversity of our Australian culture.”
The Year 11 student will take part in the trip of a lifetime as part of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship, which sees recipients taking part in a 12-day tour taking in significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France, including Villiers Bretonneux, Bullecourt, Fromelles and Ypres.
“This opportunity is beyond anything I could have imagined and it is a journey that I have always had a strong interest in doing,” he said.
“This interest has come from my family, through my study of history and from my involvement in cadets. Just the thought of this opportunity brings to the surface such strong emotions in me.”
Glenmore Park High School Principal Lisette Gorick said it was an “amazing opportunity for Lachlan and the Glenmore Park High School community”.
“Student submissions were extremely strong with the panel deciding Lachlan's stood out due to his links to family, defence forces and his passion for WWI history,” she said.
“We are very proud of Lachlan and can't wait to hear of his wonderful adventures on his return.”
More than 130 government, Catholic and independent schools across the state entered the ballot for the scholarship, with 22 successful schools choosing one student each to take part.
Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies visited Glenmore Park High School to congratulate Lachlan.
“It is truly exciting to listen to Lachlan speak so passionately about history,” she said. “The Anzac spirit lives on through young people like him who are committed to learning about the sacrifices made by those during times of conflict.
“I am certain all the students embarking on the tour will be able to draw upon this memorable opportunity in their studies as well as other aspects of their lives.”
Veterans Affairs Minister David Elliott said the tour would provide students with a greater understanding of Australia’s wartime history and the birth of the Anzac legend.
“This is a unique opportunity, one that offers scholars like Lachlan an insight into Australia’s involvement in the First World War and the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elliott said.
For more information on the scholarship, visit: http://www.veterans.nsw.gov.au/education/premiers-anzac-memorial-scholarship/.