Ten school students departed for the 2017 Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour to Singapore on Sunday to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Fall of Singapore.
They will visit important historical sites before attending ANZAC Day commemorations at Kranji War Memorial where 4461 Commonwealth casualties of World War II are buried.
Tour coordinator Samantha Bowell said the students would represent young Western Australians in the region where so many Australians served.
“The students will pay their respects at Kranji War Memorial, as well as the Changi Chapel and Museum, Fort Siloso, Sentosa Island. They will share perspectives and insights from local guides, including Singaporean students,” Ms Boswell said.
The tour group has students from schools across Western Australia including Albany Senior High School, Narrogin Senior High School, Mount Lawley Senior High School and Wesley College.
“They are a remarkable bunch – stupendous ambassadors every one of them! I’m impressed by how much they’ve taken on board as they have prepared for the tour. I look forward to viewing their tour diaries as they document this truly enriching experience,” Ms Boswell said.
Three teachers and tour mascot Gallipoli teddy bear Private Ernest Harvey will accompany the group. Private Ernest is an official bear released for the ANZAC Centenary and wears a historically accurate reflection of the uniform worn during the World War I.
To be eligible for selection for the tour, students were asked to write an essay exploring roles and experiences during World War II and how Australia’s involvement has shaped the relationship with the Singapore region today.