History award for stu­dent

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ST Mary’s Angli­can Girls’ School stu­dent Phoebe Blax­ill has won the Na­tional History Award, which was pre­sented in Can­berra this month.

The 15-year-old Floreat history stu­dent ac­cepted the award at a cer­e­mony at Par­lia­ment House in Can­berra.

Phoebe said she wrote her win­ning es­say on Royal Fly­ing Doc­tor Ser­vice founder John Flynn.

“The com­pe­ti­tion had a theme of lead­er­ship and legacy,” she said.

“I’d like to study medicine, that’s why I’m in­ter­ested in John Flynn.”

Phoebe said her love of history had grown since go­ing to high school.

“I’ve al­ways been in­ter­ested in the past and what it means to­day,” she said.

“It’s just so in­ter­est­ing to learn about things that af­fect us in the fu­ture and some of those events have shaped our lives to­day.”

St Mary’s Hu­man­i­ties and So­cial Sci­ences teacher Irene Cum­ming said Phoebe had a tal­ent for re­search.

“What sets Phoebe apart is her great ca­pac­ity for metic­u­lous re­search,” Ms Cum­ming said.

“She has a very in­quis­i­tive mind.”

Next year, Phoebe will travel to Malaysia as one of just 10 stu­dents cho­sen for the Premier’s 2016 An­zac Tour, to take in ar­eas cru­cial to the Aus­tralian ex­pe­ri­ence dur­ing the In­done­sia-Malaysia con­fronta­tion in the 1960s.

Stu­dent Phoebe Blax­ill poses with her medals.

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