Mindarie Senior College student relishing trip to Vietnam for Premier’s Anzac Student Tour


Mindarie Senior College student Shaun Hoskisson. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476361
Mindarie Senior College student Shaun Hoskisson. Picture: Martin Kennealey d476361

A MINDARIE Senior College student is looking forward to learning more about the Vietnam War when he joins the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour next year.

Year 11 student Shaun Hoskisson (17) was one of 10 secondary students selected for the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour to Vietnam from April 16-26.Shaun said he was looking forward to the opportunity to travel to another country where Australia had been involved in war.

He was also looking forward to learning more about the Vietnamese perspective and how the Vietnam War had affected the country.

“I’m really interested in having a lot of cultural experiences,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity that the Premier is putting on for kids like me.

“I think the tour is helping bring the relevancy of the Anzac spirit to kids my age.”

The Burns Beach resident wrote about Corporal John French who fought at Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea in his entry to the annual tour for Year 12 students.

“I wrote about how he sacrificed his life to save his unit platoon, which was really admirable and great representation of Anzac spirit,” he said.

“I was drawn to him because he seemed like a person I wanted to be friends with.”

Shaun said his passion for history started when he was very young.

“My grandad always had me watching World War II documentaries; it was natural that interest in history came about,” he said.

The teenager said he hoped to join the navy as a boatswain’s mate.

“I’m really drawn to the ocean; I love being in the ocean; I love boats,” he said.

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