Winners of Anzac Day Schools' Awards

 

The Department of Veterans' Affairs would like to congratulate everyone who entered this year's Anzac Day Schools' Awards.

The Awards encourage schools to connect with veterans and current members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to provide students with a personal and meaningful understanding of Australia's wartime history.

We would like to acknowledge the hard work, dedication and creativity shown by all the schools that submitted an entry.

All the winning entries showed a strong commitment to the theme. Students shared their learning in different ways, including websites, videos, presentations, artwork, podcasts and other projects.

2022 winners

National winner and Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO Award for Veteran Involvement winner

St Joseph’s College, Lochinvar NSW, demonstrated strong engagement with peacekeeping veterans with learning activities across the school community, including interviews, artwork and a commemorative service. The students shared their reflections on peace and service through a school peace tree.

5 medals on ribbons displayed next to a flower arrangement

 

Tags hung up branches with leaves

ACT winner

Charnwood-Dunlop School invited veterans of peacekeeping operations to share their experiences across different classes. They created artwork and incorporated reflections and learning into their Anzac Day commemorations.

NSW winner

Students from Year 9 at Al-Faisal College, Liverpool researched and investigated peacekeeping, sharing their findings through creative and thoughtful activities. These included an interactive museum installation, an in-class news report, presentations and a creative dance.

NT winner

Mother Teresa Catholic Primary School students interviewed local peacekeeper veterans from their community. The students were then inspired to create a school Peace Garden, to acknowledge peace and service. The whole school community was involved in designing and constructing the garden.

Qld winner and Award for Innovative Commemoration winner

St Philomena School researched and created a website on peacekeeping, which incorporated historical material, interviews with veterans, and the students’ creative writing and artworks. The students’ mature and sensitive work was complemented by the well-presented website.

Tas winner and Remote Schools Award winner

Rosebery District School students led their project by researching peacekeeping and identifying a peacekeeping veteran located near them in remote Tasmania. Students invited the veteran to visit their school and conducted interviews about his experiences. The students then created an informative presentation to share their learning.

Vic winner - joint

Upwey South Primary School became fascinated with women in peacekeeping. Students investigated the roles of female peacekeepers and then identified and interviewed a current female peacekeeper deployed overseas. The students incorporated their research and findings into a fascinating and meaningful presentation.

Vic winner - joint

Wodonga Primary School students interviewed peacekeeper veterans in their community and local Defence families, capturing their stories in an incredibly detailed website. This allowed students to showcase their connections with the veterans they interviewed and share their greater understanding of service experiences.

WA winner

Mount Magnet District High School engaged with a wide range of information and stories of peacekeepers available online and conducted learning activities across different year levels, including art, craft and commemoration. Some secondary students creatively used their business studies skills to sell framed artworks, the profits from which were donated to a peacekeeping veterans’ organisation.

Award for Creative Use of Technology

Spring Mountain State School students in the media club interviewed a local peacekeeping veteran and designed a meaningful and informative presentation. A highlight was a creative group of senior students, who calculated the measurements to allow the whole school to form a giant peace sign on the oval, which was captured by a drone photo shoot.

Specialist Educational Setting

Forest Primary School students researched and investigated peacekeeping. Then they invited a local veteran peacekeeper to visit the school. The students conducted an interview, which was filmed and produced into a video to be shared across the school, extending their learning on this topic.

Certificate of Excellence winners

NSW

Irrawang High School
Jindabyne Central School

NT

Ludmilla Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic College

Qld

Georgetown State School
Ipswich Junior Grammar School Early Education Centre
St Mary's Primary School
St Stephen's Catholic College

Vic

Killester College
Parkridge Primary School

2021 Winners

National winner

Rosalie Primary School, Western Australia

ACT winner

Palmerston District Primary School

NSW winner

Rydalmere East Public School

NT winner

Rosebery Primary School

Qld winner

Our Lady Help of Christians School

SA winner

Cowell Area School

Tas winner

Stanley Primary School

Vic winner

Killester College

WA winner

Bicton Primary School

Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO Award for Veteran Involvement

Aspley State School

Innovative Commemoration

McDowall State School

Creative use of Technology

St Patrick's Primary School

Remote Schools Award

St Paul's Primary School

Specialist Educational Setting

Leeming SHS Education Support Centre

Certificate of Excellence winners

ACT

Alfred Deakin High School

NSW

Ballina Coast High School
Gol Gol Public School
Holsworthy High School
Murringo Public School
St John Vianney’s Parish Primary School
Wattle Grove Public School

NT

MacKillop Catholic College
Wanguri Primary School

Qld

Everton Park State High School
Finch Hatton State School
Kimberley College
St Mary’s College
St Mary’s Primary School
Thargomindah State School
Townsville State High School

SA

Eastern Fleurieu School - Langhorne Creek Campus
Jervois Primary School
Nairne Primary School
Pinnacle College

Tas

Ravenswood Heights Primary School

Vic

Cobram Secondary College
Mildura Specialist School
Murchison Primary School
Oakleigh Grammar Junior School
St Mary’s Primary School

WA

Lakeland Senior High School
Orelia Primary School
South Thornlie Primary School


Last updated: 8 September 2022

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