Tour of duty for teacher

Teacher’s get: Mordialloc MP Tim Richardson congratulates Parkdale Secondary teacher Natalie Baker for being selected to chaperone students from across Victoria on a study tour to learn about veterans’ sacrifices in World War II.

PARKDALE Secondary College teacher Natalie Baker will be one of five teachers who will accompany Victorian school students on a study tour to Canberra to learn about sacrifices made by veterans during World War II.

Hundreds of applicants applied to be a chaperone teacher for the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize Study Tour to include 42 students from state schools.

Ms Baker has taught at Parkdale Secondary for the past 12 years.

An overseas tour group will follow in the footsteps of World War II veterans and will visit Darwin and Singapore to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and fall of Singapore.

The Canberra group will visit key sites of national significance such as Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Defence Force Academy.

“The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize Study Tour is an important opportunity for students to understand firsthand the decisive moments that shaped our nation,” Mordialloc Labor MP Tim Richardson said.

“I commend Natalie on her efforts and dedication and wish her and all the students the best of luck for what will be the study tour of a lifetime.”

Schools can apply for students to take the Canberra or overseas trip at veterans.vic.gov.au online.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 1 March 2017

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