THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs
26 July 2011
A South Australian primary school and a West Australian high school have been awarded top honours in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards, announced today by the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon.
The annual Anzac Day Schools’ Awards encourage students to learn about Australia’s wartime history and develop relationships with their local veteran and current serving communities.
Mr Snowdon said this year 18 winners across the country shared in $20,000 of prize money, funded by the Australian Government’s Saluting their Service commemorations program.
“This year’s entries showed exceptional commitment to commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australia’s veterans and current serving members.
“It is great to see the effort, thought and planning that schools have put in to remembering our wartime history and ensuring the commemorations of the Anzacs live on,” he said.
“I congratulate the national winners, Compton Primary School from South Australia and Merredin Senior High School from Western Australia, who showed outstanding initiative in their commemorations,” Mr Snowdon said.
Compton Primary School students captured the history of their town by developing a Trail of Honour commemorating 67 local Second World War veterans. The school held a special service which was well attended by students, families and the wider Mount Gambier community.
Merredin Senior High School students conducted an exceptional research project on former Australian Prisoners of War (POWs). Students studied POWs, including some from their local area, and created an excellent display to tell their stories.
“I strongly encourage all Australian primary and secondary schools to consider sharing how they commemorate and learn about Australia’s wartime history and enter the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards in 2012. The sharing of our veterans’ stories is becoming increasingly important as we look towards the Centenary of the First World War from 2014 to 2018.
“Congratulations to those who entered this year’s competition and I challenge you to think about what you can do next year to increase your learning and build on the relationships with your local veteran and current serving communities,” Mr Snowdon said.
Editors note: A full list of all secondary and primary school winners is attached, more information on the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards can be found at www.dva.gov.au.
Minister Snowdon: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203
2011 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards
|Compton Primary School||SA||$2,000|
|Merredin Senior High School||WA||$2,000|
|STATE WINNERS – Secondary Schools||STATE||$PRIZE|
|Singleton High School||NSW||$1,000|
|Katherine School of The Air||NT||$1,000|
|Ayr State High School||QLD||$1,000|
|Lyndhurst Secondary College||VIC||$1,000|
|Merredin Senior High School||WA||$1,000|
|STATE WINNERS – Primary Schools||STATE||$PRIZE|
|Harrison Primary School||ACT||$1,000|
|St Therese School||NSW||$1,000|
|Bradshaw Primary School||NT||$1,000|
|West Moreton Anglican School||QLD||$1,000|
|Compton Primary School||SA||$1,000|
|Albuera Street Primary School||TAS||$1,000|
|Diamond Creek East Primary School||VIC||$1,000|
|Kingston Primary School||WA||$1,000|
|Best innovative activity – Playford Primary School||SA||$500|
|Best local history research – Bloomsbury State School||QLD||$500|
|Best veteran and community involvement – Giralang Primary School||ACT||$500|
|Best commemorative art – St Ursula’s College||QLD||$500|
|TOTAL PRIZE MONEY||$20,000|