On the eve of their departure, the group met with Jennifer Howard, Assistant Minister of State Assisting the Premier and Member for Ipswich, Glenn Butcher, Assistant Minister for Transport and Infrastructure and Member for Gladstone along with other dignitaries at a farewell event at 1 William Street. Ms Howard presented the students with their winning certificates and wished them well for the tour.
Photos have been added to the gallery. They include photos of the students with the Premier and the Education Minister at 1 William Street, in Brisbane.
Anticipation of the journey
Today our adventure officially began. Throughout the morning we all arrived in Brisbane and made our way to the 1 William Street building for the official pre-tour event. We arrived to a room full of eager guests including staff of DET international, members of the ANZAC Premiers Prize selection panel, financial sponsors of the tour, previous prize recipients, members of parliament and parents. We received certificates and badges and listened to a number of inspiring speeches, notably that of Brigadier Michael Bond gave us a wonderful insight for our journey ahead.
After returning to the hotel for a quick rest, we spontaneously decided to journey to Ipswich to see an exhibition of war-time quilts which were crafted by active soldiers and prisoners of war. This expedition was recommended to us by the Assistant Minister and Member for Ipswich, Jennifer Howard, who attended the pre tour event on behalf of the Premier Anastasia Palaszczuk. The exhibition was very interesting and was a great preview of the historical insight we are about to gain.
Next we ventured to ANZAC Square where we underwent a brief reflection on the areas of Australia's World War 1 involvement and the significance of ANZAC Square as a war memorial. This wonderful day concluded with the arrival of our flight tickets, tour lanyards and commemoration booklets which exacerbated our excitement for the coming weeks.
By Brooklyn Lade and Matisse Reed
This page was last reviewed on 10 Apr 2017