Inspiration from strong female figures gets student onto Anzac tour

Melville Senior High School Year 10 student Aaliyah Ebrahim.
Melville Senior High School Year 10 student Aaliyah Ebrahim.

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.”