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Brigidine students win 2016 Premier’s Anzac Prize

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Incredible journey: Brigidine College principal Brendan Cahill and Social Sciences curriculum leader Allison Johansen with Anzac award recipients Tia Shadford and Sophie Austin.

STUDENTS at Brigidine College are helping to keep the Anzac spirit alive for this generation of students.

When Queensland Education Minister Kate Jones announced the recipients of the prestigious 2016 Premier’s Anzac Prize, two of the eight recipients were Brigidine students. 

Year 12 Brigidine College winners Sophie Austin and Tia Shadford will be in Gallipoli and at the Western Front this month for Anzac Day celebrations. 

“This is an excellent opportunity for our girls to travel to historically significant places of the world for all young Australians,” Brigidine College principal Brendan Cahill said.

“I believe this is an extremely important aspect of the Anzac tradition as the women played a large role in the preparations, maintaining production at home and encouraging the men to enlist.”

College social science curriculum leader Allison Johansen said the Premier’s award provided the perfect way for high-calibre students to take their studies to the next academic level.

Tia and Sophie were farewelled by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last weekend.  

They are excited about spending almost three weeks overseas, in areas that mean so much to all Australians. 

“I am extremely grateful for this exciting opportunity,” Sophie said. 

“It is an honour to be able to represent not only Brigidine College, but Queensland as I travel to some of the locations which have contributed so greatly to how our nation has been shaped.

“I am especially honoured to be the first person in my family who will be able to visit the grave of my great-great-uncle in Belgium and return with photographs for my family. 

“It is going to be an experience which I am certain I will carry through life and will definitely strengthen my connection with WW1 and the Anzac tradition.”

This month, the Brigidine College community also showed its solidarity for the Anzac venture by raising almost $1500 in one lunchtime for Mates4Mates.

Mates4Mates supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members and their families who have physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service.

Written by: Staff writers
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