Holy Cross College student wins place on Premier’s Anzac Student Tour


English teacher Emilie Reynolds, Caitlin McKenzie and Principal Mandy Connor.
English teacher Emilie Reynolds, Caitlin McKenzie and Principal Mandy Connor.

HOLY Cross College student Caitlin McKenzie’s keen interest in Australian history has earned her a place on the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour next year.

Caitlin’s winning essay – which she wrote during a two-week exam study break – examined the importance of the Anzac legacy and what it means to young West Australians.

“I’ve always been interested in history,” Caitlin said.

“I recently read a book about an Australian girl who was a prisoner of war.

“When my teacher (Ms Reynolds) told me about the essay competition, she said it was about a historical topic she thought I would like.

“She was right.”

The Year 11 student will go to Singapore in April along with nine other selected high school students from around the state.

The group will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore by visiting important historical sites, as well as attending a special Anzac commemoration at the Kranji War Memorial, where 4461 Commonwealth casualties of war are buried.

Principal Mandy Connor said Caitlin was a very deserving winner.

“Throughout this process, Caitlin has displayed tenacity, perseverance and a desire to achieve her best possible work,” she said.

“As a finalist she was interviewed, during which she had to display not only her historical knowledge but also a personal connection to her subject matter.

“She should be congratulated on her achievement and also for the consistently positive attitude she displays toward her learning,”

Caitlin said she was nervous about travelling overseas with strangers, but excited for the expedition.

“These people I have not met are interested in the same things I am, so I think it’s going to be fine,” she said.

“My Mum renewed my passport in anticipation, and I’m glad she did.”