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  • Camden Student and Teacher Win Anzac Scholarship

    Posted on 19 May, 2017

    A Year 11 History student and a teacher from Camden High School will take the trip of a lifetime as one of the recipients of the 2017 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship (PAMS).


    Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott and Camden MP Chris Patterson today visited the school to congratulate student Rayleigh Biffin and teacher Adam McKeown.


    They will visit key battlegrounds on the Western Front as part of a group of 22 students and three teachers to make the trip in September, 2017.


    “This is a wonderful opportunity for students from all over NSW to represent their communities and state at the once-in-a-lifetime Centenary of Anzac commemorations,” Mr Elliott said.


    Miss Biffin said being chosen was incredibly humbling and exhilarating.


    “I have a genuine interest in learning more about the Western Front and cannot wait to have the opportunity to see this historic place first hand,” she said. "I am passionate about history - both modern and ancient as I study them both for my HSC.”


    Mr McKeown said the PAMS is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved to further their understanding of the Anzac spirit.


    “World War One and the events that took place on the Western Front had a profound impact on the development of Australia as a nation,” he said. “I am absolutely delighted to be able to share this experience with fellow teachers and students.”


    More than 130 Government, Catholic and Independent schools across the state entered the ballot. The 22 successful schools all chose one student to take part.


    Mr Patterson said Miss Biffin would be a strong ambassador for her local community while overseas.


    “I hope Rayleigh will be able to draw on this experience for the rest of her life and that it inspires her in whatever she chooses to do after school,” Mr Patterson said.


    The 12-day tour will visit significant Australian battlefields on the Western Front in Belgium and France including Villiers Bretonneux, Bullecourt, Fromelles and Ypres.