Camden student following Diggers' footsteps in Europe

Zara Hart. Picture: Jeff McGill
Zara Hart. Picture: Jeff McGill

The growing fame of the "History Club" at St Patrick's College just went up a notch with one of its members touring the battlefields of Europe.

Year 11 student Zara Hart was handpicked as one of only 20 students from across the state to take part in the 2019 NSW Premier's Anzac Memorial Scholarship.

Zara of Camden, is now walking in the footsteps of our veterans after giving a highly-praised visual presentation of the important role played by servicewomen in both world wars.

"It's amazing the bravery they had," the 17-year-old said before leaving last Friday.

"I don't think I would have ever been brave enough to what they did."

Zara is a member of the Campbelltown Catholic girls college's History Club, formed in 2017, with a membership of nearly 100 interested students who meet at lunchtimes.

Teachers Fran Musico Rullo and Nathan East have been eagerly fanning this interest in history, describing the students as "independent self-directed learners eager to go beyond the classroom".

The club has researched the war service of local women, laid wreaths, held ceremonies, and its members also paraded in army nursing uniforms at this year's Anzac Day celebrations in Mawson Park.

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren - who is the opposition spokesman for Veteran's Affairs - recently praised the students in state Parliament.

Zara and her fellow scholarship winners are visiting Germany, France and Belgium to gain a better understanding of the war and to commemorate the service of Australians.

The scholarship is funded by the state government and managed by the NSW Office for Veterans Affairs.

Minister for Veterans Affairs David Elliott said: "Walking in the footsteps of Australian soldiers is an educational experience like no other. It will be an incredibly moving time for students."

Also accompanying the students as one of the three supervising teachers is Melissa Bright from Elderslie High School.