Sarah in­spired by the spirit of Anzac

Campaspe News - - NEWS - By STEPHANIE HOR­TON

SARAH Trewick is off for the trip of a life­time.

The Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege year 11 stu­dent will visit Dar­win and Sin­ga­pore after be­ing awarded a place on the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize.

The 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.

Sarah’s win­ning en­try, a paint­ing called Fam­ily Ties, re­lates 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 en­tries, stu­dents had to sub­mit a 500-word state­ment that cov­ered a range of ques­tions.

‘‘We also had to give a three

When Mum rang me we both screamed

minute speech and it was re­ally emo­tional,’’ Sarah said.

‘‘I took my great un­cle Roger Trewick’s wal­let with me, which was the same wal­let he had when he died.’’

Sarah’s mother Liz re­ceived the call from or­gan­is­ers and ac­cord­ing to Sarah she screamed.

‘‘Then when Mum rang me we both screamed,’’ she said.

His­tory leader Kay McFar­lane said she cried when she found out.

‘‘Here at Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege we have now had two stu­dents go through this pro­gram,’’ she said. ‘‘We feel very lucky.’’ Liz said both she and Sarah’s fa­ther were proud, es­pe­cially of their daugh­ter’s com­mit­ment to ev­ery­thing she does.

‘‘It’s the op­por­tu­nity of a life­time and we can’t wait for her to tell us all the sto­ries of her trip,’’ she said.

As part of the tour, Sarah will be vis­it­ing many memo­ri­als, in­clud­ing stor­age tun­nels in Dar­win.

They de­part on April 3 with a re­turn date of April 12.

‘‘I’m ex­cited but a bit ner­vous. It’ll be the first time I have ever been away from my par­ents,’’ Sarah said.

Prin­ci­pal Bernie Alt­mann said he was ex­cited for Sarah.

‘‘It’s also a great thing for the school be­cause stu­dents who go on this pro­gram get to re­port back on their ex­pe­ri­ences to the whole school — hope­fully it will ex­cite our younger stu­dents,’’ he said.

Sarah is speak­ing at the El­more Anzac Day ser­vice on April 25.

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