Gippsland South The Nationals Education History Students Study

Spirit of Anzac Prize now open to local students

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien is encouraging local students to submit entries for the 2016-17 Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize with the chance of winning a study tour.

“The Spirit of Anzac Prize is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and I encourage all year nine and 10 students across the region to consider applying,” Mr O’Brien said.

“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.”

Mr O’Brien said 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.

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,” Mr O’Brien said.

“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.”

There is also an opportunity for secondary school teachers to travel on the study tour as chaperones. For more information visit


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