Oberon High's Peta McGrath sees World War One battlefields

FOREIGN LANDS: Oberon High School student Peta McGrath has returned from the NSW Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship Tour.
FOREIGN LANDS: Oberon High School student Peta McGrath has returned from the NSW Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship Tour.

OBERON High School student Peta McGrath has returned from the trip of a lifetime.

She spent 12 days touring London, the Somme, Kortrijk, Ypres Salient, Passchendaele, Ypres Town, Bruges, Poperinghe and Lille as part of the NSW Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship Tour, visiting many World War One memorials, battlefields and cemeteries.

Students on the tour learned the history and traced the footsteps of the Anzacs and Peta said she found the trip an amazing and enjoyable experience.  

Each student on the scholarship tour was assigned a different person to research and presented a three-minute speech covering their life and their part in the war.

Peta researched Ruby Dickinson, a nurse from Forbes who embarked for overseas service from September 1915 to January 1916 and who was attached to the 3rd Australian General Hospital on the island of Lemnos, where her patients included Australians wounded during the fighting on Gallipoli.

Delivering the speech at Ms Dickinson’s graveside was an emotional time for Peta.

Many of the battlefields and memorials visited proved to be confronting and emotional.

The tour group was accompanied by a historian who gave the students further insight into the areas they were exploring.

Peta was one of 20 year 10 and year 11 students from across NSW to win the prestigious 2018 Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

The 2018 scholarship ballot was very competitive and close to 100 schools across NSW applied. 

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs David Elliott said, last year, that the students would draw upon the journey for the rest of their lives.

“The Premier’s Anzac Memorial Scholarship is a fantastic program, which enables high school students to further their education by visiting key historic battlefields in France and Belgium where Australians forged the Anzac spirit,” Mr Elliott said.

Peta will speak about her trip today at the Education Week assembly at 10.30am. Please join staff and parents to celebrate Education Week and acknowledge the efforts and achievements of Oberon High School’s students.