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2018 History Tour

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In Easter 2018 the College will host a two-week tour to France, Belgium and Germany to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. We are very proud to be able to offer this trip of a lifetime to students currently in Years 9, 10 and 11.
The itinerary will take us to Paris, Normandy, Amiens, Cologne and Dortmund. Some of the highlights will include:
•    Napoleon’s Tomb in Paris at the Hotel des Invalides
•    The Chateau de Versailles
•    The beaches of Normandy, where Old Collegian Les Coleman landed with Allied troops on D-Day in 1944.
•    Battlefields of the Somme including Pozieres, Fromelles and Tyne Cot.
•    Visiting the Australian War Memorial at Villers-Brettoneux.
•    Walking in the footsteps of the diggers as part of a platoon experience.
•    The Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate.
•    Flanders Field Museum.
•    Tours of Dusseldorf, Cologne and Dortmund in Germany.
•    Visiting the towns bombed by Old Collegian Laurie Larmer AM, during WWII in the fight against the Nazis, and meeting the citizens there with whom Laurie has opened up a dialogue regarding the tragedy of war.
We firmly believe that not only is it of vital importance that students learn about the history of Australians involved in conflict, but that by providing an immersion experience students will be well equipped to work toward preventing such tragedies in the future.

Key details:



Please check that your passport expires no earlier than November 2018

If you do not have a passport, please begin the application process ASAP.

Estimated cost




Latitude Group Travel and the History Teacher’s Association of Victoria have already generously donated $500 towards each student’s participation.

Fundraising efforts will be refunded to families before the trip.

Payment schedules will be arranged through the College Finance Office.

It is anticipated that some scholarship positions may be available for students who wish to apply.

Additional costs will include an SPC backpack and tour hoodie, history book, spending money and some meals.


40 students

The inaugural 2018 trip will consist of students enrolled in Years 9, 10 and 11 in the 2017 school year.

Preference will be given to senior History students, with a broader field being considered in the future.


28/3/18 – 10/4/18

Dates to be confirmed.

To align with the 2018 Easter break.



Miss Jennifer Casey

Mr Paul Nolan

Mrs Elizabeth Ryan

Mr Shane Murphy

Mr Mark O’Loughlan

Tour guide supplied by Latitude.


What do I do next?

Formal offers have now been issued to boys chosen to attend this tour.

Parents must formally accept these offers by filling in the acceptance form at this link.

Parents are also strongly encouraged to take out travel insurance by reading the information and filling out the form at this link. Further information on this QBE travel insurance for those with a pre-existing medical condition can be found here.

More details

A copy of the powerpoint presentation delivered at the information night on Thursday, April 27 can be found at this link


Jennifer Casey

Head of Humanities

03 5322 4428


Paul Nolan

Director of Community Development

03 5322 4450




A movie fundraiser has been organised for 6.45pm on Thursday, July 20 at the Regent Cinemas in Ballarat to watch the new war epic Dunkirk , directed by Christopher Nolan. 

Tickets are available now for just $15 per person, with a minimum of $7 from each ticket sold being put towards offsetting costs for the trip.