Students now have the school holidays to prepare their entries for the study tour of a lifetime, the Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize.
The Minister for Veterans, John Eren, today announced the deadline for entries has been extended to October 30, so that pupils at every school in every community have every opportunity to apply for the tour to Gallipoli and the Western Front.
Applicants are asked to consider the question, what does the ANZAC Spirit mean today in a diverse and multicultural Australia? Students can use essays, artwork, video productions or music as part of their entry.
The 2016 tour is a unique chance for Year 9 and 10 students to reflect upon the spirit of the Australians who gave their lives for their country during a war that helped shape our nation. In addition, a group of regional finalists will represent Victoria on a national study tour to Canberra, where they’ll visit the Australian War Memorial.
This year, the travelling party paid their respects at a commemoration service at the East Mudros Military Cemetery in Lemnos, followed the footsteps of our veterans on the Western Front battlefield and visited the Lone Pine Memorial.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Veterans John Eren
“We want to make sure every eligible student in every Victorian community has the opportunity to apply for this unique experience.”
“Our kids are our future, and we want to give them a better understanding and appreciation of such a vital chapter in our country’s history.”
“The prize is our way of helping safeguard the legacy of our veterans, so that future generations can cherish their memories.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020