The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize (Prize) was established in 2004 and the first study tour took place in April 2005. The annual competition is aimed at engaging Year 9 and 10 students to better understand veterans’ service through exploring what the ‘Spirit of Anzac’ means to them.
|Diggers and nurses enjoy a refreshment at a Lemnos cafe, 1915. AWM|
|Myrina, 2013. Photo Jim Claven|
The number of entries has significantly increased in 2014-15 to over 650 applications, up from the 472 entries received in 2013-14 and 135 in 2011-12.
Two teacher chaperones have been selected to travel with the students on the overseas study tour and a further two teachers will support the three day Canberra study tour. Teacher chaperones were selected through a competitive process, which included panel interviews.
The following 2014-15 state recipients and regional finalists selected are as follows:
|The nurses of the 3rd AGH arrive on Lemnos 1915. AWM|
The 2015-16 competition
The 2015-16 competition is now open and the new topic is: What does the “Anzac spirit” mean today in a diverse and multicultural Australia? To what extent can your definition be related to the events and people of the Great War? Students are asked to refer to examples of the Anzac spirit from Australia's involvement in wars and conflicts from Gallipoli through to the present day, and relate those experiences to positive values in their community and activities of Australia today.
For more details about the program, click here.
ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015
The Prize is separate from the delegation of 80 students and 13 teacher chaperones who will attend the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli on 25 April 2015. For more details about this program, click here.
|Local school children on Lemnos commemorate the Anzacs at East Mudros MC, 2013. Photo Jim Claven|
|Graves at East Mudros MC, Lemnos . Photo Jim Claven|
Lemnos Gallipoli Commemorative Committee