Teachers excited about centenary trip to Gallipoli
TWO Gladstone teachers are heading to Gallipoli for Anzac Day, with their ties to the armed forces and past conflicts making the occasion a heartfelt one.
ANZAC Day holds a special place in Jodi Pallett's heart. The history and music teacher at Tannum Sands State High will join 8000 other Australians in Gallipoli.
Her grandfather, who served in the Second World War, couldn't be prouder.
Harry Vincent is 93 and lives in Brisbane.
"He was very proud that I was selected," Mrs Pallett said. "My grandad and I march together.
"It is a special family time and he marched with Tannum High in 2013 in Brisbane."
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Mrs Pallett is one of 10 teachers chosen for the Premier's Anzac Prize.
"It was fierce competition. Around 300 people applied," she said.
She will chaperone 70 Queensland students to Gallipoli from Years 9 to 12.
"I am looking after the choir and helping with the students' diary entries," she said. "We are the parents for the two-week tour."
Mrs Pallett said it was an opportunity she couldn't pass up.
"I have only been to Gallipoli as a backpacker 15 years ago and I am looking forward to saying thank you to the soldiers," she said.
"As a teacher, I am looking forward to seeing how the students react to it all."
The group leaves on April 22.
DARYLL Richardson realised his trip to Gallipoli was real when he looked in his mailbox on Friday morning and found his 3D tickets to the 100-year commemoration of Anzac Day.
"Anzac Day is pretty personal," he said. "(The Last Post) is going to be pretty tingly."
Mr Richardson won a double pass to the dawn service ceremony in the ex-servicemen ballot.
"I'm looking forward to the whole thing."
The Tannum Sands State High manual arts and HPE teacher served in the airforce for 20 years.
He was based in Darwin and Wagga Wagga and served time in Malaysia.
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He was 17 years old when he enlisted and he retired in 1999.
He worked as a mechanic by trade and then as a trades teacher.
The father-of-four is going to Gallipoli with his brother Adrian, who spent 28 years in the airforce.
"We worked in Malaysia," he said. "I've got an overseas, defence force and Australian service medal.
"I will be wearing my three medals on Anzac Day."
The pair leaves on April 17.