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Students to tour Vietnam

 | 13 November 2017

Ten secondary students with a keen interest in world history have been selected for the Premier's ANZAC Student Tour to Vietnam from 16 to 26 April, 2018.

The students, accompanied by two teacher supervisors and a tour coordinator, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive and the Battles of Coral and Balmoral from the Vietnam War.

Nearly 50 years ago, in late January 1968, Australian troops in Vietnam fought against a massive force during the Tet Offensive which struck during a ceasefire and festivities for lunar New Year.

Later that year, Australian soldiers fought in the deadly Battles of Coral and Balmoral.

This is the first time the Premier's ANZAC Student Tour will journey to Vietnam.

The 2018 tour also marks the end of the Centenary of ANZAC 2014 to 2018 period of national commemoration.

Kalamunda Senior High School Year 11 student Vy Nguyen is one of 10 students selected for the 2018 Tour.

Vy was born in Vietnam and migrated to Australia in 2011. Her grandfather served in the 5th Airborne Battalion for the South Vietnam army during the Vietnam War.

Her inspiration to join the tour stemmed from her desire to learn about the Vietnam War from a different perspective to that gleaned from her family and former school in Vietnam.

“Joining the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour is an opportunity to further my knowledge of Australia’s involvement in the South-East Asian conflict and gain new understandings,” she said.

The Premier's ANZAC Student Tour competition is open annually to all Western Australian students from Years 8 to 11. Students are selected following an essay competition and interviews.

The tour is an opportunity for passionate young ambassadors to represent the State on a history and commemorative study tour overseas.

For more information and a full list of participants visit the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour website.