WHEN Aaliyah Ebrahim was tasked with writing an essay to get onto the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour, she decided to pick a strong female figure.
The Melville Senior High School Year 10 student has been selected as one of 10 secondary students for the tour, the first time a student from her school has been chosen for it.
The 10-day tour will see the students visit historic sites in Darwin and Singapore from April 16-26 next year.
Aaliyah decided to write about nurse Anne Leach, who was stationed in the Middle East during World War II.
“We were told we could write about anyone so I decided to write about Anne and the changing role of women,” she said.
“I wanted to write about something different, a lot of people talk about the role of men but for Anne, her father didn’t want her to go overseas.”
The self-professed history buff also had to a group interview with four of the other 20 finalists before being selected onto the tour.
“When I was told I was on the tour I couldn’t stop smiling,” she said.
“I’ve learned about the fall of Singapore so to commemorate Anzac Day by attending the Dawn Service at Kranji War Memorial, that will be an experience I would’ve not got otherwise.”