Stu­dents con­front harsh truths with the art of war

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By STEPHANIE HOR­TON

FOR year 10 stu­dents Will Press­nell and Sarah Trewick, the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time was too good to pass up.

The Premier’s Spirit of An­zac Prize gives 22 stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to par­tic­i­pate in an over­seas study tour to sites where Aus­tralians have served in times of war and peace­keep­ing.

In ad­di­tion, 20 re­gional fi­nal­ists will visit Can­berra and be in­vited to at­tend the Premier’s An­zac Day Lun­cheon.

The Premier’s Spirit of An­zac Prize is open to stu­dents in Years 9 and 10 cur­rently en­rolled in all Vic­to­rian gov­ern­ment, Catholic and in­de­pen­dent schools.

Stu­dents were re­quired to sub­mit an en­try that ad­dressed one of the top­ics avail­able.

The stu­dents chose ‘Stu­dents to se­lect a con­flict: WWI or WWII or the Viet­nam War - What im­pact did WWI/WWII/Viet­nam War have on Aus­tralian so­ci­ety?’

They both chose to do an art­work, where Will called his Every man has a break­ing point, re­flect­ing on the af­ter-ef­fects of war.

‘‘One of the big­gest im­pacts, even in the world to­day, is PTSD (post­trau­matic stress dis­or­der),’’ he said.

Sarah called hers Fam­ily Ties, re­lat­ing hers to her rel­a­tives who fought in the war.

‘‘My great-great-great-great un­cle and my nana’s great-great grand­fa­ther both fought in World War One,’’ she said.

‘‘One came home, the other one didn’t.’’

Along with their art­works, they had to sub­mit a 500-word state­ment that cov­ered a range of ques­tions.

Those stu­dents short­listed will be ad­vised by mid-Novem­ber, with an in­ter­view to fol­low.

The study tour will take place in the 2018 term one hol­i­days.

Will Pres­nell and Sarah Trewick with their works.

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