Stu­dent’s An­zac trip of life­time

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Inge Hansen inge.hansen@whit­sun­day­

FOR Brook­lyn Lade, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing An­zac Day in France was a “life chang­ing” ex­pe­ri­ence.

Last year, the Year 12 stu­dent at Proser­pine State High School en­tered into The Premier’s An­zac Prize.

“I had to send off a five-minute video about how I be­lieved the An­zac tra­di­tion is rel­e­vant in mod­ern Aus­tralia,” Brook­lyn said.

“I sent my video off and ap­par­ently I was good enough.”

Brook­lyn was among seven other stu­dents from around Aus­tralia who were se­lected to travel to Gal­lipoli for An­zac Day.

But due to ter­ror­ist threats in the area, the stu­dents vis­ited Villers-Bre­ton­neux in­stead.

Brook­lyn said the sights she saw, the his­tory she learned and taking part in the An­zac Day cer­e­mony by lay­ing a wreath on be­half of Queens­land was an op­por­tu­nity she’d never for­get.

“An­zac Day will never be the same for me,” she said.

“To stand on the very bat­tle­field (the soldiers) stood on is just a feel­ing you can’t get any­where else.

“Tour­ing through the bat­tle­fields of the western front in France and Bel­gium has changed my per­spec­tive on a lot of things.”

For in­for­ma­tion on the Premier’s An­zac Prize visit www.ed­u­ca­

SOLEMN: Brook­lyn Lade in France for An­zac Day.

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