Stu­dent Viet­nam-bound for Anzac tour

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

One lucky Broome girl is set to take part in the most com­pelling and event­ful his­tory les­son of her life, af­ter be­ing se­lected to com­mem­o­rate the An­zacs in Viet­nam next year.

Broome Se­nior High School’s Bree Pot­ter, 15, is one of 10 stu­dents cho­sen to rep­re­sent the State in a 10-day tour of Viet­nam to hon­our the 50th an­niver­sary of the Battle of Binh Ba, one of the biggest mil­i­tary vic­to­ries for the An­zacs in the Viet­nam War.

The 10-day trip, from April 16 next year, will be high­lighted by a dawn ser­vice at the Aus­tralian Em­bassy in Hanoi, but will also in­clude vis­its to his­toric sites in Ho Chi Minh City, Nui Dat, Vung Tau, Long Tan and Hue.

Bree said it was her first time trav­el­ling to the Asian coun­try and she was look­ing for­ward to the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural as­pects it had to of­fer.

“I do en­joy learn­ing about war and it will be in­ter­est­ing to see how dif­fer­ent memo­ri­als in Viet­nam are to the ones around Broome and the rest of Aus­tralia,” she said.

“But I won’t lie, one thing I can’t stop think­ing about is how good the food is go­ing to be.”

Bree was se­lected out of a large field of WA stu­dents af­ter her essay on the in­jus­tices indige­nous soldiers faced in both world wars, stood out to judges.

She said she felt in­cred­i­ble when she was ac­cepted for the tour, not only for her­self but for the re­gion.

“I had to dou­ble check my emails when I read that I had been cho­sen, I didn’t think it was real,” she said.

“It is a big thing to not only visit Viet­nam but be rep­re­sent­ing the whole State in do­ing so.

“It shows that Broome and Kim­ber­ley kids can do any­thing that the city kids can do.”

Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the tour would pro­vide an im­por­tant op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple to com­mem­o­rate the sac­ri­fice of Anzac ser­vice­men and women.

“For most of the stu­dents at­tend­ing next year’s tour, it will be their first time in Viet­nam and a great op­por­tu­nity to im­merse them­selves in his­tory while ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the coun­try’s cul­ture,” she said.

“I’m sure the stu­dents will have some in­cred­i­ble sto­ries to share with their class­mates and their com­mu­ni­ties.”

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome Se­nior High School's Bree Pot­ter, 15, was one of 10 stu­dents in WA se­lected to travel to Viet­nam next year.

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