Sarah inspired by the spirit of Anzac

February 13, 2018

Rochester Secondary College student Sarah Trewick is a recipient of an overseas study tour as part of the Spirit of ANZAC Prize. Photo by Luke Hemer.

SARAH Trewick is off for the trip of a lifetime.

The Rochester Secondary College year 11 student will visit Darwin and Singapore after being awarded a place on the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize.

The 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.

Sarah’s winning entry, a painting called Family Ties, relates 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 entries, students had to submit a 500-word statement that covered a range of questions.

‘‘We also had to give a three minute speech and it was really emotional,’’ Sarah said.

‘‘I took my great uncle Roger Trewick’s wallet with me, which was the same wallet he had when he died.’’

Sarah’s mother Liz received the call from organisers and according to Sarah she screamed.

‘‘Then when Mum rang me we both screamed,’’ she said.

History leader Kay McFarlane said she cried when she found out.

‘‘Here at Rochester Secondary College we have now had two students go through this program,’’ she said.

‘‘We feel very lucky.’’

Liz said both she and Sarah’s father were proud, especially of their daughter’s commitment to everything she does.

‘‘It’s the opportunity of a lifetime and we can’t wait for her to tell us all the stories of her trip,’’ she said.

As part of the tour, Sarah will be visiting many memorials, including storage tunnels in Darwin.

They depart on April 3 with a return date of April 12.

‘‘I’m excited but a bit nervous. It’ll be the first time I have ever been away from my parents,’’ Sarah said.

Principal Bernie Altmann said he was excited for Sarah.

‘‘It’s also a great thing for the school because students who go on this program get to report back on their experiences to the whole school — hopefully it will excite our younger students,’’ he said.

Sarah is speaking at the Elmore Anzac Day service on April 25.

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