Students to see WWI battlefields

Jon Hart (back right) will join a group of students heading for the Western Front.
Jon Hart (back right) will join a group of students heading for the Western Front. Contributed

HISTORY will come alive when Coffs Harbour teacher Jon Hart takes a group of students to the Western Front later this year.

Mr Hart, who teaches English and history at the senior college, will be one of two teachers accompanying 12 NSW students on the Premier’s ANZAC Memorial Scholarship to see the WWI battlefields and trenches of France and Belgium.

“This year will be especially interesting as the Fromelles Memorial will be open,” Mr Hart said.

The first ANZAC Memorial Scholarship trip was last year to Gallipoli with former Premier Nathan Rees.

From this year there will be two trips each year alternating between the Western Front and Gallipoli and another country where Australians have fought, such as Vietnam or Korea.

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, and the president of the NSW Branch of the Returned and Services League, Don Rowe, will join Mr Hart and the rest of the delegation on the trip.

“Coffs Harbour students should think about applying for the scholarship for next year’s two trips,” Mr Hart added.

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