NSW Students\' Paid Trip To Anzac Service

Posted December 03, 2014 17:31:18

Luke Salt, 16, a recipient of a Government grant to travel to Gallipoli next year Luke Salt, 16, a recipient of a Government grant to travel to Gallipoli next year Photo: Luke Salt, 16, is a recipient of a Government grant to travel to Gallipoli next year to attend the centenary of Anzac commemorations, on Wednesday December 3 2014. (ABC News: Sarah Edsworth)

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Students and teachers from New South Wales are preparing to go on a pilgrimage to Gallipoli, the battleground where Australia suffered heavy casualties in World World I.

About 100 NSW students and 28 teachers were today announced as recipients of a Federal Government grant to travel to Gallipoli next year to attend the centenary of Anzac commemorations.

The students were chosen after submitting assignments that included paintings, speeches and essays that focused on the sacrifices made in the battle.

They will be among about 10,000 people who will attend the dawn service on Anzac Cove next April.

Four of the students selected are from Cumberland High School in Sydney's north-west.

Luke Salt, 16, said he will honour his great-great uncle, Mostyn Charles Tandy, who was injured in the battle.

"He actually wrote in his diary that he wished that a family member would go to Gallipoli to pay their respects to all the soldiers that risked for their lives for country," he said.

"So I was overwhelmed that I will be able to fulfil his wish."

Another 16-year-old Georgia McPherson will also remember a relative who fought in World War I.

"It will be like we are completing the cycle," she said.

"Learning about them. We are going to where they went. Standing where they stood."

Cumberland High School's modern history teacher Brad Smith will join the trip.

"A history teacher once told me 'you can't truly teach something unless you've been and you've seen it'," he said.

"So being able to go to Anzac Cove and see the trenches will allow me to teach the subject so much better."

The group will post blogs and compile videos which will shown to other students and displayed at the local RSL.

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