On the right side of his­tory

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FRONT PAGE -

His­tory teacher Lau­ren Bar­rie, of Vic­to­ria Park, is tak­ing part in a 10-day tour of former bat­tle­fields in Bel­gium and France and spend­ing Re­mem­brance Day at the Aus­tralian War Memo­rial in Villers-Bre­ton­neux.

HIS­TORY teacher Lau­ren Bar­rie is on a quest to model what it means to be a “global cit­i­zen” to her stu­dents at By­ford Sec­ondary Col­lege by tak­ing the trip of a life­time.

The 22-year-old Vic­to­ria Park res­i­dent is one of eight young West Aus­tralians se­lected by the State Govern­ment to at­tend the Cen­te­nary of Ar­mistice Tour in Europe next month.

The 10-day tour of the former bat­tle­fields in Bel­gium and France in­cludes a Re­mem­brance Day cer­e­mony at the Aus­tralian War Memo­rial in Villers-Bre­ton­neux on Novem­ber 11.

The State-funded tour has been de­signed to bol­ster West Aus­tralians’ knowl­edge of the im­pli­ca­tions of World War I and of the Ar­mistice that sig­nalled its end, while also gain­ing valu­able in­sights into mate­ship and the Anzac spirit.

Ms Bar­rie said the tour would pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity to build on her his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge and bring back real-life ex­pe­ri­ences.

“It is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant for young peo­ple to ed­u­cate them­selves about world his­tory and the sac­ri­fices gen­er­a­tions be­fore them made as it is still rel­e­vant to them to­day and will con­tinue to be rel­e­vant into the fu­ture,” she said.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d487276a

Pic­ture: David Baylis

Lau­ren Bar­rie is look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing the many bat­tle­fields on the Western Front.

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