Grants and awards | June 17, 2016

Spirit of Anzac Prize 2016-17 now open

The Nationals Member for Lowan, Emma Kealy MP is encouraging local students to submit entries for the 2016-17 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize.

“The Spirit of Anzac Prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I encourage all year nine and ten students across the Lowan electorate to consider applying,

“Recipients of the Spirit of Anzac Prize get a unique opportunity to travel to significant wartime sites where Australians have served.

“Twenty two students will be selected for this honour and another 20 regional finalists will participate in a study tour of significant sites in Canberra, including the Australian War Memorial,” she said.

For the chance to participate, students must submit an entry based on one of two topics.

“The first question focuses on the impact wartime had on women and young people, including the expectations and responsibilities placed on them,” Ms Kealy said.

“The second topic focuses on the experience of the ANZACs themselves during the First World War.

“Students can choose from a range of formats including essay, poem or short story, audio or visual presentation, musical composition, webpage or artwork,” she said.

Earlier this year two local students were selected to represent Victoria from the 2015-16 round of Spirit of Anzac Prize.

Kaniva College student, Jock Maddern was chosen to travel to Gallipoli and the Western Front and Amy McIntyre from Lake Bolac College was chosen as one of 20 students to join the Canberra tour to visit the Australian War Memorial. 

“The prize is an excellent opportunity for our students to learn more about the men and women who have served in past conflicts and the sacrifices they made,” Ms Kealy said.

There is also an opportunity for secondary school teachers to travel on the study tour as chaperones. For more information visit Entries close 10am, Friday 23 September 2016. 

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