A GIRRAWHEEN Senior High School student is one of 10 selected to travel to Singapore for Anzac Day next year.
Year 11 student Brandon Rowe, of Girrawheen, has been chosen to participate in the Premier’s Anzac Student Tour, which will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.
He had to submit a 1000-word essay on Australia’s involvement in World War II and how it shaped current relations with the Asia region, as well as complete an interview.
Brandon said he was “overwhelmed” and “very excited” when he found out he was chosen for the tour.
“(I’m looking forward to) experiencing Singapore culture, seeing war memorials, the battlefields where battles of World War II took place,” he said. “I’m really interested in history, I always have been.”
Principal Rosalba Butterworth said it was a great opportunity for Brandon and it followed another Girrawheen student’s selection for the 2015 tour.
“We’re pretty excited Brandon is going to represent us and he’s going to be an exemplary ambassador for the school,” she said.
Premier Colin Barnett announced the participants on Remembrance Day and said it would be life-changing experience for them.
“The 1942 surrender of the Allied forces in Singapore was considered one of the worst defeats in World War II history,” he said.
“Students will take their learning beyond the classroom to tour historic sites and gain insight into Australia’s involvement in the region during the war.”