BCGS student commemorates ANZACs in Singapore

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BCGS student commemorates ANZACs in Singapore

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 10 student Patrick Reilly was selected for the 2017 Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour in Singapore. The Tour departed on Sunday, 16 April and returned on Wednesday, 26 April.

Patrick was among the ten successful student ambassadors selected from 39 Secondary schools and was the only student in the Bunbury region to be selected.

The 2017 tour commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.

The students visited historic sites in Singapore – including the Johore Battery, Fort Canning and Alexandra Hospital – before attending the official dawn ANZAC service at Kranji War Cemetery.

“The Anzac Day service was by far the highlight,” Patrick said.

“In the lead-up, learning stories about what happened and then to be there for the service – it was really quite raw.”

During the trip, students wrote blog posts to reflect their experiences on the tour. Patrick wrote about Day 9 – 24 April, titled ‘A Trek Through Time’. Follow the link to read Patrick's blog post.

Students from Years 8 to 11 submitted essays on Australia’s involvement in World War II and how this event shaped relations with the Asia region today for the opportunity to participate in the tour. Patrick’s topic was on Sir Thomas Spencer Vaughan Phillips.

The annual tour provides an opportunity for young ambassadors to represent Western Australia on a history and commemorative study tour overseas.