Student going in steps of ancestors

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Karratha Senior High School Year 9 student Sophie Taylor is heading to Darwin and Singapore next year for the 2020 Premier’s Anzac Student Tour.
Camera IconKarratha Senior High School Year 9 student Sophie Taylor is heading to Darwin and Singapore next year for the 2020 Premier’s Anzac Student Tour. Credit: Pilbara News, Shannon Beattie

A Year 9 student from Karratha Senior High School will walk in the footsteps of her great grandfather when she visits Singapore and Darwin next year for the 2020 Premier’s Anzac Student Tour.

Sophie Taylor, pictured, was one of 10 WA students selected for the extraordinary trip which will take place from April 16-26 to commemorate the 78th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the Fall of Singapore.

Ms Taylor’s family have a historic link to the Anzacs with her maternal great grandfather having spent eight months in trenches on Gallipoli, while her paternal great grandfather was a prisoner of war on the Burma Railway.

Sophie said she’s excited to go to a country she’s never been to before and learn about what the Anzacs did and how they lived.

“I think what they did for our country was just phenomenal and it’s so important that we don’t forget what they did,” she said.

“It’s going with nine other students from around WA, three of them I already know, but there’s another six students who I haven’t met before, so getting to meet them will be pretty cool.”

As part of the 10-day tour, students will be immersed in history with visits to significant sites including World War II oil storage tunnels, the Causeway, Labrador Park, Fort Siloso, Johore Battery, Fort Canning and Changi Beach.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the 10 students would strengthen their knowledge of Australian’s military history.

“I’m sure the students will come back with lasting memories and life-changing experiences that they will share with their peers, teachers and parents for years to come,” she said.

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