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.

Thank you for your interest in stories of service and your work in educating the next generation about our military history.

2021 Winners

National winner

Rosalie Primary School in Western Australia focused on the theme ‘Remembering Vietnam'. Students researched the Vietnam War, interviewed veterans and wrote commemorative scripts to deliver a creative Anzac Day dawn service. Their commemoration was both touching and thought provoking.

ACT winner

Palmerston District Primary School students and community members wrote and sang an original song as part of its entry. They performed their song ‘Anzac Biscuits' at a local Battle of the Coral Sea commemorative service. Students learnt about the battle as part of their studies on World War II and discovered why the local memorial is named after senior Australian naval officer John Gregory Crace.

NSW winner

Rydalmere East Public School showed the importance of commemoration and maintaining connections during a pandemic lockdown. Students involved their families, veterans and the local community in their activities. They shared stories, created artworks and visited local memorials. Holding assemblies online and in person enabled them to connect and commemorate together.

A wreath made from green cut-out paper hand shapes and red paper poppies is mounted on a brick wall. Around it are black and white photos of children’s forearms and hands. Their hands are cupped in front of them. Each holds a red poppy.

Rydalmere East Public School

NT winner

Rosebery Primary School took a whole school community approach in its entry. Students were encouraged to think about who we commemorate and how we do it. They interviewed their family members and shared individual stories and photos with others. Family members were invited into the school to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF).

QLD winner

Our Lady Help of Christians school created an inspired ‘Wall of Remembrance'. This was a place to share photos and tell stories from veterans and current-serving defence force members. Students collected oral histories from veterans and used QR code technology to share the interviews on the commemorative 'wall'.

SA winner

Cowell Area School's entry showed how the school community has commemorated military service over time. As part of this, students updated their school memorial garden. They researched, planned and developed the space to suit future commemorative services. One school family planted poppies throughout the town to further involve the community.

TAS winner

Stanley Primary School's entry showed how a small school can have a big impact in the wider community. Students joined their local community town march and some took on leadership roles to interview veterans, read stories and poems, and proudly share their learning with others.

VIC winner

Killester College's entry had several creative elements. Students researched and prepared activities to share with the younger students from a nearby primary school. Their activities were designed to help primary students understand the importance of commemoration. A local veteran also joined the school community to share his experiences.

WA winner

Bicton Primary School students connected with their local RSL to create a visually spectacular ‘Light up the Dawn' service. They decorated paper bag lanterns, weighed down by cans of food. The cans were later donated to charities supporting those in financial hardship. Across the school, learning focused on commemoration, including symbols and medals.

Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO Award for Veteran Involvement

Aspley State School students connected with veterans from their local RSL. They collected oral histories from veterans and researched the veteran's time of service. Students then wrote about their veteran's story of service. Each veteran received their completed story presented in an album as a keepsake and another copy is held by the school.

Innovative Commemoration

McDowall State School students interviewed both veterans and current-serving defence force members. Students and teachers created comic strips as a way to share their learning with the whole school community. This brought an innovative and modern touch to sharing history by presenting it in such an engaging and respectful way.

Creative use of technology

St Patrick's Primary School used technology to commemorate in a unique and meaningful way. The students collected oral histories and photographs from 29 veterans in their local RSL. Engraved plaques are being created for each veteran who participated. Their story and interview will be accessible using a QR code engraved on each plaque.

Two adults sit across a table from three children. The adults wear medals on their left side. The children wear school uniform. There is a microphone and a computer on the table.

St Patrick's Primary School

Remote Schools Award

St Paul's Primary School gained support from local ex-service organisations. Staff did an amazing job of sourcing a wide range of memorabilia and military items, including medals, ration packs and inflatable rafts. All students could engage with these objects in a ‘hands-on' way, creating memorable experiences. Current-serving defence force members also shared their stories of service with students.

Specialist Educational Setting

Leeming SHS Education Support Centre students designed and sold glass candle holders to the local community. Their efforts were to support driveway commemorations for Anzac Day. They were able to donate the money raised to a local building, Anzac Cottage. This building allows students to engage with artefacts and learn about the long military history of the Cottage.

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

2020 winners

National winner

Golden Grove Primary School, South Australia

ACT winner

St Clare's College

NSW winner

Holsworthy High School

NT winner

Wanguri Primary School

QLD winner

Immaculate Heart Catholic Primary School

SA winner

Eastern Fleurieu School Langhorne Creek Campus

VIC winner

St Patricks School

WA winner

Mother Theresa Catholic College

Brigadier Bill Rolfe AO Award for Veteran Involvement

Holsworthy High School

Innovative Commemoration

St Patrick's College for Girls, Campbelltown                          

Creative use of technology

Maharishi School

Specialist Educational Setting

Leeming SHS Education Support Centre


Last updated: 4 January 2022

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