On Friday, the students were farewelled by invited guests and family members and presented with their winning certificates by Ms Jennifer Howard (Assistant Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Assistant Minister of State) representing the Premier of Queensland at the farewell event held at 1 William Street in Brisbane. In the evening their journey commenced, flying to Dubai before the second leg of their journey to London.
Photos have been added to the photo gallery. They include photos of the students with the Assistant Minister Jennifer Howard and other guests at the farewell event held at 1 William Street, in Brisbane.
On Thursday 12 April 2018, we all left our hometowns and cities and arrived in Brisbane for the beginning of The Premier's Anzac Prize. Today was a casual day of getting to know everyone and tomorrow is when the more formal event will begin. It was so nice to see everyone and for all eight students and two chaperones to be together in preparation for this amazing trip of a lifetime. Everyone is so kind and we all get along really well as a group.
We are all so excited with anticipation of what is to come in the following weeks on tour. We are also extremely happy and grateful to be given this opportunity by the Queensland Government to travel overseas and witness the centenary of Villers-Bretonneux on Anzac Day. The thought of exploring some of the most well known tourist cities in the world and discovering the battlefields of Western Front made everyone restless the first night as we struggled to sleep and come to terms with the fact that we would be embarking on a life-changing journey tomorrow. I know that for some of us the final realisation that we would be leaving the next day really hit us.
By Tyla Craven-Griffiths and Shana Coyle
Today was the official first day of our tour. We all have bonded ready to start the trip of a lifetime. We began the day with breakfast at our Brisbane hotel and sat ready to hear the first of many daily briefings. Today's briefing centred on our dress code and the pre tour event that we were to attend. We checked our luggage, dressed in our formal tour outfits, checked out of the hotel and headed for 1 William Street to the 2018 Premier's Anzac prize Farewell event.
As we caught the lift to the top floor, we were met with the incredible 360-degree view of Brisbane evidently reminding us how lucky we are to live in this country and enjoy the freedom our fallen Australian soldiers fought so hard for.
We met with distinguished guests including members and staff of the Queensland Government, Australian Defence Force, Queensland Department of Education and family members. Whilst taking part in the event we were able to witness an extraordinary and inspiring speech from Brigadier Michael Bond and in particular an equally fantastic speech from Isaac Mabo-Edwards who represented us. We were all presented with our formal certificates, a letter from the Premier, the Anzac centenary pin, and many photos were taken.
By Jack Frey and Fenlan Miller
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