• Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 8, 19 August 2016

    Wednesday 7 September 2016 by . 1 comments

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 8Day 8 in the Republic of Vietnam dawned sunny and was really humid after some fairly serious rain during the night. Breakfast was followed by a drive into Vung Tau to the base of Mount Nho. We were here to visit the statue of Jesus which looks out from the top of the mount.With the high humidity, the air was like molasses and after one had ascended all 811 steps (there was a plaque inset into every 50th step …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 9, 20 August 2016

    Wednesday 7 September 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 9The final morning of the tour was sunny and with the usual humidity, was quite pleasant. Following breakfast, the group was met out the front of the hotel by a veritable gang of scooter drivers and their vehicles. We were then given a riding tour of the city, taking in industrial areas, the slums, the old quarter and new estates which lasted about an hour, but it seemed over all too soon!The tour finished at …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 7, 18 August 2016

    Tuesday 6 September 2016 by .

    Day 7 was our big day in Vietnam. It was the 50th Anniversary of the battle of Long Tan and there was quite an air of expectation and some consternation about the day ahead. We had had news during our travels the day before of the cancellation of the commemorative ceremony at Long Tan.Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 7In the morning after breakfast we travelled to the Long Hai Hills. There we learnt that it was the place of many battles …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 6, 17 August 2016

    Thursday 1 September 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 6Day six began relatively early. After breakfast we were taken by bus to the Saigon port. The most interesting feature of the port area was the giant floating restaurant in the shape of a Chinese Junk. Our guide Hai told us that the boat is so top heavy that it can’t leave the dock or it will literally keel over.The hydrofoil had to be seen to be believed. Very 1970’s Soviet. The trip down the Saigon River…

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 5, 16 August 2016

    Monday 22 August 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 5 This morning was our last morning in Mekong Delta. We all enjoyed a breakfast buffet together before checking out of the The Holiday One hotel and heading off to the floating markets. The floating markets was a 30 mins boat drive from the mainland. Once we arrived there was heaps of unique fresh local produce that looked so vibrant on the boats. Our boat circled a couple of times around the market before …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 4, 15 August 2016

    Monday 22 August 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 4 Today brought on more fantastic experiences on the Mekong delta. Those of us who didn't wake up early enjoyed a luxurious 7:30 sleep in, before breakfast and coffee (limited to 2 cups by the teachers). After brekkie Hai took us to explore the bustling markets of Vinh Long. Filled with the noise of scooter horns and chatter, we could have bought anything from chickens and fish to avocados the size of …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 3, 14 August 2016

    Saturday 20 August 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 3 On Sunday 14 August we left the bustle of Ho Chi Minh city and travelled through the tranquil countryside to embark a boat on the Mekong Delta, which is an expansive network of rivers and islands in southern Vietnam. It is divided into nine tributaries, known as Cuu Long (the 'Nine Dragons’), and is a smaller part of the Mekong River, which runs through six countries; China, Burma, Cambodia, Laos, …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam, Day 2, 13 August 2016

    Thursday 18 August 2016 by .

    Simpson Prize, Vietnam: Day 2 The highway north out of Saigon goes all the way to Cambodia, but today we were only going as far as Cu Chi, the sleepy rural area just north of Saigon (or Ho Chi Minh City). Throughout the VIetnam War thousands of tonnes of explosives rained down on the province from American B-52 Bombers in an attempt to deny the Viet Cong use of the strategically important area. At the southern end of the Ho Chi Minh …

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  • Simpson Prize Vietnam Day 1, 12 August 2016

    Friday 12 August 2016 by .

    22 Gia Long Street, 12 August 2016

    Simpson Prize BackgroundThe Simpson Prize, named after John Simpson Kirkpatrick, is a long-running national competition for year 9 and 10 students. The competition is funded by the Federal Government’s Department of Education and is run by the History Teachers’ Association of Australia. Each year students submit either an essay (of between 1,200 -1,500 words with appropriate citations) or a 10 minute audio visual presentation …

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  • Anzac Day - Simpson Prize 2014

    Saturday 26 April 2014 by Stuart Baines.

    Lack of sleep and the enormity of the day yesterday has prevented the blog going up earlier. It is always a unique experience when taking a bunch of teenagers to an event like this. Each year they critically examine their experience and all bring their own perspective. Commemoration is powerful but it also resonates in different ways for people. I am always fascinated to see how our Simpson Prize winners react, and even more so the …

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