A group of Victorian students have booked their spot on study tours both at home and abroad to reflect upon the spirit of those Australians who gave their lives at war.
The Andrews Labor Government today announced the successful 42 students who have been selected to take part in the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize (SOAP) for 2017.
Students were chosen after submitting an entry based on one of two topics – one focussed on the experiences of young people and those on the home front and the other asked students to delve into the experiences of the Anzacs based on pieces of evidence including visual art and monuments.
The overseas tour group will follow in the footsteps of our World War II veterans as they visit places of national significance in Darwin and Singapore to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the bombing of Darwin and the fall of Singapore.
A total of 22 students will head overseas in the first week of April, joined by three teachers, two veterans, a tour historian and tour leader, Member for Geelong Christine Couzens.
They will visit historical sites including the bombing of Darwin exhibition, the Adelaide River war cemetery, the Kranji War Memorial and Fort Siloso.
The 2017 tour is a unique chance for Year 10 and 11 students to reflect upon the spirit of the Australians who gave their lives for their country.
In addition, 20 students will also take part in a Canberra study tour during the first week of the term 2 holidays.
Accompanied by two teachers, the group will visit key sites of national significance such as Parliament House, the Museum of Australian Democracy, the National Archives of Australia and the Australian Defence Force Academy.
Entries for the 2017-18 study tour will open soon. For more details or to apply online, visit
Quotes attributable to Acting Minister for Veterans Philip Dalidakis
“We’re giving students the chance to embark on a trip of a life time – they’ll return home with stories to tell their family and friends about the legacy of our veterans.”
“The Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize is a special opportunity for our kids to spread their wings and learn about a time in our history that shaped our nation.”
“Congratulations to each and every winner and the teachers that will accompany them, and I encourage all students to apply for the next tour.”
Reviewed 19 August 2020