Students set for prestigious tour

Jackson BarrettSouth Western Times
Bunbury Senior High School student Darcy Reid proudly displays a list of BSHS students that went to war.
Camera IconBunbury Senior High School student Darcy Reid proudly displays a list of BSHS students that went to war. Credit: Jackson Barrett

Two Bunbury students are finally set to embark on the prestigious Premier’s Anzac Tour, more than a year after they were initially selected.

Darcy Reid, a Year 10 student at Bunbury Senior High School, and Max Simmons, a Year 11 student at Dalyellup College, were two of just 10 students chosen from hundreds of WA students for a trip to Singapore this year, but with the global pandemic making this year’s tour impossible, they will now travel the length of the State visiting sites integral to both world wars.

Applicants submitted a 1000-word response outlining how an individual or a group had influenced their understanding of conflict.

“It is a really big opportunity, I have never done anything quite like this,” Max said.

“I wrote about my great-grandfathers who served in World War I and World War II and how their involvement in the war affected my family and my values as I have grown up.”

The party of 14 students, including four who were selected this year, will visit sites pivotal to Australia’s involvement in both wars and will spend Anzac Day in Albany.

Darcy said he was looking forward to immersing himself in the theme of the tour.

“Fremantle was a very big port after Darwin was hit and there are lots of different bases all along the West Australian coast, especially up north, so I think it will be very interesting,” he said.

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