More than 1000 students have taken part in the 2019 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize competition, with 16 Years 9 and 10 students from across the state selected to attend a 14-day study tour to Vietnam later this year.
The Premier’s ANZAC Sprit School Prize provides the opportunity for young South Australians to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century.
The competition involves students researching a South Australian service man or woman who served during World War 1 or 2. Students also had to discuss how the individual they researched demonstrated the characteristics of the ANZAC spirit.
Student work was judged by the depth of research involved and the written quality of the piece.
Through the trip to Vietnam, which will occur from 29 September – 13 October, the selected students will delve deeper into the history, geography and politics of the Vietnam War.
Premier Steven Marshall congratulated the 16 students on their achievement.
“The Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize competition provides the opportunity for young South Australians to identify, examine and articulate the nature of commitment and in many cases the sacrifices of Australian service men and women,” said Premier Marshall.
“This competition is a powerful learning exercise for our students to understand why World War I and II, and other conflicts Australians were involved in during the 20th century, continue to be such significant historical events for our society.”
Education Minister John Gardner said students travelling to Vietnam will have a life-changing opportunity to delve deeper into history through the study tour.
“This year will once again see recipients of the prize travel to Vietnam, allowing them to participate in commemoration activities and a variety of hands on learning experiences as they travel throughout the country,” said Minister Gardner.
“This trip is a life changing opportunity for these 16 students, allowing them to continue to build their understanding, empathy and global perspective.”
2019 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize recipients:
Sophie Baker – Central Yorke School
Melissa Campbell – Glenunga International High School
Laura Cassell – Xavier College
Matilda Cotton – Glenunga International High School
Lily Farrell – Loreto College
Montana Foster – Wudinna Area School
Liam Kay – Cardijn College
Shreyas Khanna – St Peters College
Sophie Lipman – Loxton High School
India Little – Kingston Community School
Charli Medlow – Meningie Area School
Ryan Schwarz – Endeavour College
Elise Turtur – Roxby Down Area School
William Wiseman – Kingston Community School
Daisy Yates – Saint Martin’s Lutheran College
Tabitha Zdanowicz – Loxton High School