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Students confront harsh truths with the art of war

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November 01, 2017

Will Pressnell and Sarah Trewick (year 10) entered their work into the Premiers Spirit of the ANZAC Prize

FOR year 10 students Will Pressnell and Sarah Trewick, the opportunity of a lifetime was too good to pass up.

The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize gives 22 students the opportunity to participate in an overseas study tour to sites where Australians have served in times of war and peacekeeping.

In addition, 20 regional finalists will visit Canberra and be invited to attend the Premier’s Anzac Day Luncheon.

The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize is open to students in Years 9 and 10 currently enrolled in all Victorian government, Catholic and independent schools.

Students were required to submit an entry that addressed one of the topics available.

The students chose ‘Students to select a conflict: WWI or WWII or the Vietnam War - What impact did WWI/WWII/Vietnam War have on Australian society?’

They both chose to do an artwork, where Will called his Every man has a breaking point, reflecting on the after-effects of war.

‘‘One of the biggest impacts, even in the world today, is PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder),’’ he said.

Sarah called hers Family Ties, relating hers to her relatives who fought in the war.

‘‘My great-great-great-great uncle and my nana’s great-great grandfather both fought in World War One,’’ she said.

‘‘One came home, the other one didn’t.’’

Along with their artworks, they had to submit a 500-word statement that covered a range of questions.

Those students shortlisted will be advised by mid-November, with an interview to follow.

The study tour will take place in the 2018 term one holidays.

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