SUMMARY OF WINNING ENTRIES
2010 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards
Alberton Primary School, South Australia
National Primary Winner and SA Primary Winner
The entry submitted by Alberton Primary School was comprehensive and innovative. The overall
theme being ‘What does Anzac Day mean to me?’
Following visits by the students to the war memorial in Adelaide CBD last year the students
developed an interest in our history and especially the Anzac experience. The school has its own
Children’s Parliament and its ‘Minister for Education’, Tad Smith, raised the idea of
commemorating Anzac Day in the week prior to 25 April. The students were involved in the
brainstorming of initial ideas, which were then presented to staff for further planning. The judges
were highly impressed that the ideas for commemorating Anzac Day came from the student body,
and were implemented by teachers into activities for each class.
The whole school was involved in a range of activities to help them develop their knowledge,
understanding and appreciation of Australia’s Anzac history. These included viewing images from
a specially prepared gallery, discussing prior knowledge and new impressions of the Anzacs,
learning about Anzac symbols and traditions and participating in activities such as making Anzac
boats and poppies, studying children’s literature, planting poppy seeds and making Anzac biscuits.
Twelve guest speakers came to the school and spoke to the students. The invitation was sent to
local RSL sub-branches, the ADF and other community members by the (student) Minister for
Education. Students were split into small groups and the guest speakers rotated around the
groups. Each guest speaker spoke to at least five groups of students.
The students clearly demonstrated their understanding of Anzac Day. They were given the
opportunity to comment during and after each activity. At the end of the week all the students were
required to reflect on the activities undertaken and write about their best memory, activities they
were involved in and answer the question, ‘What does Anzac Day mean to you?’
One of the activities some of the students participated in was creating their own piece of
Commemorative Art. The students involved were from years 3 to 7 and not only was the artwork
outstanding but they each wrote a description of their art work and what it meant to them.
The presentation of the entry was excellent and clearly showed the work that was done and the
positive outcomes of the project. The judges noted particularly the extensive range of targeted and
multidimensional activities, and were particularly impressed with the fact the project was student
driven and that there was a diverse range of speakers covering all aspects of Anzac Day and
Deloraine High School, Tasmania
National Secondary Winner and TAS Secondary Winner
Deloraine High School undertook a wide variety of activities to support and complement their
commemoration of Anzac Day. An impressive and historically accurate model of the Lusitania was
well researched and developed after a film study on the subject. Senior classes engaged in
discussions beginning with the First World War and encompassing the conditions Australian
soldiers have faced in various conflicts, including in Afghanistan. Following this discussion, one
class wrote letters and sent care packages to troops in Afghanistan, and established email
correspondence which will continue and has been extended to include all classes.
Students studied many war-related poems, including Anthem for Doomed Youth, and wrote their
own poems which were then bound into a book and presented to the local RSL sub-branch. The
judges felt that the poems clearly show students’ empathy and engagement with the subject
The senior photography class decided to produce a photographic project on the theme of ‘What
Anzac Day Means to Me’, and worked with the local RSL sub-branch to access original
memorabilia and to produce the photographs. The judges felt that the photography clearly
demonstrated the students’ understanding of and reverent engagement with the themes of Anzac
Day, commemoration and commemorative symbolism.
Students from Deloraine High School also undertook a mentoring role with the local primary
school, and led them in activities such as making Anzac biscuits and discussing their history and
significance in terms of Anzac Day.
All students participated in the school’s Anzac Day service, and representatives of the school were
invited to be involved with community dawn and 11am services. The students helped the RSL
Women’s Auxiliary to prepare lunch for those at the later service. Students also developed an
interpretive dance piece entitled ‘War’ and an original song entitled ‘Stop’ to perform at the school’s
Anzac Day assembly.
The judges felt that Deloraine High School’s entry strongly demonstrated evidence of wide learning
and connections with the wider school curriculum, as well as the local community. Students
engaged with commemorative themes in varied and artistic ways, and fostered a strong
relationship with their local RSL sub-branch and the wider community.
STATE WINNERS- Secondary Category
Stromlo High School, Australian Capital Territory
ACT Secondary Winner
Stromlo High School’s activities relating to Anzac Day were impressive in their breadth and
diversity. The school’s Anzac Day service was researched and organised by students, and
included participation by the school band and the use of classwork from different year levels, as
well as students from the Army and Air Force Cadets performing key roles in dress uniform. As
well as the Last Post, the Rouse, and the Australian National Anthem, the school played the New
Zealand National Anthem to remind students of the role that New Zealanders played in the Anzacs’
The Anzac Day ceremony was supported by learning in Year 7, 8 and 9 SOSE classes. Classes
had access to the Memorial Box ‘Too Dark for the Lighthorse’, borrowed from the Australian War
Memorial. Some classes focused on the experience of indigenous servicemen, while others
learned about the multinational aspects of the First World War. The judges were impressed by the
effort that had been put in to ensuring that all SOSE classes from Year 7 to 9 were actively
involved in Anzac Day related learning.
Stromlo High School also organised excursions for various classes. Classes in Years 7 to 9 visited
the Australian War Memorial in early April to see the First World War sound and light show, and
explore the First World War exhibit, and an inter-faculty field trip to Cowra took place in May.
Students explored the War Museum, Japanese gardens, POW camp and cemetery, and saw
Australians and the Japanese POWs, a holographic film of the story of Cowra during the Second
World War. The judges felt that this was an engaging and outstanding way to target learning about
Australia’s wartime history.
Aquinas College, New South Wales
NSW Secondary Winner and Special Category Winner: Best commemorative art
Amongst other Anzac Day activities, Aquinas College developed a picture book aimed at primary
students on the theme of commemoration. The book is colourful, creative and interesting, and
targeted to engage younger readers with the importance of commemoration. The well-researched
story is about a young boy who is not interested in the stories his grandfather tells about his war,
but who eventually discovers the significance of Anzac Day.
Many of the illustrations in the book, which were drawn by students, showed an awareness of
commemorative symbols. The judges were impressed by the way in which the images were
targeted at younger readers, and incorporated elements such as medals, crosses, badges and
Woolaning Homeland Christian College, Northern Territory
NT Secondary Winner
Woolaning Homeland Christian College is a remote residential college for secondary aged
Aboriginal students, with the closest town of Batchelor sited 75 kilometres away. Nearly all
students come to the college with very low levels of literacy and numeracy and a history of
difficulties with schooling. The senior program aims to provide students with the ability and
confidence to move from the college into the outside world.
The whole school participated in the Anzac activities, some of which were targeted at each ‘year’
or learning group, focusing on various aspects of different conflicts. The whole school participated
in an Anzac Day ceremony, with guest speakers including an Iraq War veteran. The students
visited the Adelaide River War Cemetery, and were given the opportunity to reflect on their
experiences. Written work from the students indicates that they were impacted greatly by the
cemetery visit and by reading the headstones and noting the age at which many soldiers died. The
school also plans to walk to a memorial located beside the wreck of a Spitfire in their local area,
after the wet season has finished.
The judges were very impressed that despite the isolated location of the school, Woolaning
Homeland Christian College still managed to arrange for guest speakers to attend their Anzac Day
ceremony, and to have students participate in relevant and interesting excursions and learning
Home Hill State High School, Queensland
Qld Secondary Winner
All students of Home Hill State High School were involved in activities leading up to Anzac Day. A
commemorative library display was set up for student examination, which included a cenotaph and
a graveyard scene; as well as student artwork; and memorabilia contributed by teachers, the local
Air Force Cadets and a local museum.
The Student Council organised and conducted an Anzac Day ceremony, which was attended by
the whole school and included guest addresses from a veteran and a currently serving member of
the ADF. Senior students also attended the local Dawn Service and Anzac Day commemoration
and parade, where eight students were invited to act as flag bearers by the local RSL. The links
between Home Hill State High School and other parts of their small local community are very
evident in the mutual participation of students and community members.
The judges felt that the entry had clearly been well-researched, and time had been taken to choose
the right information and words for the Anzac Day addresses that would capture the imagination of
the audience. Judges were also impressed with the work carried out to collect and display the
various pieces of war memorabilia and to create the original artwork used in the display, and with
the clear relationship between the school, RSL and other community members.
Kildare College, South Australia
SA Secondary Winner and Special Category Winner: Best use of technology
This original project by a group of Year 10 students at Kildare College will leave a lasting legacy for
the women involved.
A group of fifteen students developed a documentary project about the 58th Anti-Aircraft
Searchlight Battery women. This AWAS unit was formed in Adelaide in 1942. The students met
with a small group of women from this unit, got to know them and listened to their experiences of
The next step was interviewing the women and filming their stories, followed by the lengthy task of
storyboarding and producing the documentary.
The women from the 58th Anti-Aircraft Searchlight Battery and other members of the community
were invited to the launch of the documentary titled ‘Women in the Spotlight’ at Kildare College.
This was the first time the women involved had seen the finished product. The project culminated
in the students attending the Anzac Day march in the Adelaide CBD and cheering on their new
The impact this project had on both the women and the students involved was enormous. Letters
from the women involved showed how important having their story documented was and how the
relationships they formed with the students was something they will always remember. The
students’ attendance at the Anzac Day march was particularly poignant for the women.
Of the 150 women originally in the unit only thirty remain, so an important aspect of this project is
that a piece of South Australia’s military history is now documented.
The project was documented in The Adelaide Advertiser and featured on the television program
There was a real sense of connection between the women and the students, and it was obvious
from the comments and letters that this project had a big impact on both parties. The judges were
impressed by the students’ use of filming and editing equipment, and the professionalism of the
Tallangatta Secondary College, Victoria
VIC Secondary Winner
Tallangatta Secondary College conducted a joint Anzac Day ceremony with a local feeder primary
school. Representatives from the Albury/Wodonga Military Area, which has strong ties with the
school, attended as guest speakers and formed a catafalque party. The school’s Anzac Day
ceremony is important for the local area, as many students live remotely and otherwise would not
attend a local service.
Students of Tallangatta Secondary College also compiled a DVD video, interviewing the president
of the local RSL Sub-branch.
The judges recognised the important role that Tallangatta Secondary College plays in the
commemorative activities of students not only from its own school but many surrounding primary
schools, by providing an opportunity for remote local students and families who would not
otherwise be able to attend an Anzac Day service.
Lake Grace District High School, Western Australia
WA Secondary Winner
Lake Grace is a small country town in regional Western Australia 345 km south east of Perth.
Lake Grace District High School has a strong tradition of commemorating Anzac Day and also has
strong links to the veteran and local community. In 2007 Lake Grace District High School was the
state secondary winner of the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. The Emergency Service cadets
conducted and were responsible for all parts of the school’s 2010 Anzac Day service. A student
created a publicity flyer that was sent to every family in the school, and the Year 10 students
created posters for the Anzac Day ceremony.
The students presented medals to six Second World War veterans at the Anzac Day service. They
researched each veteran receiving a medal and read out their story as the medals were presented.
One of the Year 10 students wrote the summary for their entry in the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.
The students prepared and conducted the whole service, demonstrating that they understood the
Anzac Spirit. The presentation of the medals to the veterans also confirmed this.
The Year 9 and 10 students made morning tea for the invited guests after the ceremony.
The aim of this year’s service was to pass on the understanding of Anzac Day to the younger
students. A discussion with the younger students after the service was that they had understood
the Anzac Spirit and what the service and sacrifice of ex-servicemen and women means to them.
STATE WINNERS- Primary Category
St Thomas More’s Primary School, Australian Capital Territory
ACT Primary Winner
St Thomas More’s Primary School conducted extensive activities in the lead up to Anzac Day. The
school is located in Campbell, and a large proportion of the student population comes from
Defence families and participates in Cadets. For this reason the teachers decided to focus Anzac
Day learning activities on the wartime experiences of women and children, which many students
could relate to personally. Many members of the local community attended the school’s Anzac
Day Ceremony, including the ADFA Precision Drill Team, members of the Defence Force and ex-
servicemen and women. Students experienced many military traditions, with Defence Force
members marching and performing drill manoeuvres, and the ADFA students participating to form
the catafalque party and play the Last Post. The community participation in the service was highly
The judges were also impressed with the reverent and commemorative spirit of the school’s Anzac
Day ceremony. The ceremony also included special reference to many students’ parents who are
currently on deployment, and honoured the sacrifices that they and their families, and others like
them, continue to make.
All year levels at St Thomas More’s engaged in classwork to support their learning for the Anzac
Day ceremony. The school borrowed the Memorial Box from the Australian War Memorial that
focuses on the experience of women and families in Australia during the Second World War, and
all classes were given the opportunity to explore it, as well as participating in a guided tour of the
AWM. Students in Year 6 researched the topic of families in wartime in more depth, and wrote a
role-play to share their findings at a school assembly. The judges noted the historical accuracy of
the narrative, and the spirit in which the Year 6 students undertook their research and their
Overall St Thomas More’s activities were well-organised, thorough and widespread, including
creative input from students and guided learning for younger classes, and the high quality of
research was evident throughout the entry.
Blue Hills College, New South Wales
NSW Primary Winner
The Year 6 students of Blue Hills College recorded their many activities leading up to Anzac Day in
a well-presented scrapbook format.
Two ex-servicemen visited the school to address the class and answer questions on their wartime
experiences. The students also researched their own family history to discover whether they had
any links to ‘diggers’ or ex-servicemen, and presented their findings in the form of a narrative. This
research was conducted via the Australian War Memorial website.
The students also participated in a variety of activities such as construction of paper poppies for a
remembrance wall, the creation of a classroom display of war artefacts and memorabilia, a jigsaw
puzzle depicting poppies in a field and a re-enactment of ‘the Christmas Truce’.
The students participated in the local Anzac Day march and Dawn Service.
The judges were particularly impressed by the amount of hard work evident in the outstanding
presentation of this entry, as well as by the variety of activities that were undertaken by the Year 6
students and their clear spirit of empathy and understanding.
Elliott School, Northern Territory
NT Primary Winner
Elliott School focused its entry on showing respect to veterans and soldiers who lost their lives for
our country. This school is located on the Stuart Highway, about halfway between Darwin and
Alice Springs, in the small indigenous community of Elliott. The town was founded during the
Second World War when it was used as a staging camp for the army, and was named after an
Army Lieutenant in charge of the staging camp.
Elliott School students learned about their town’s connection to WWII, Anzac Day and Gallipoli in a
number of ways, including looking at maps and watching a movie from the Gallipoli and the Anzacs
DVA’s 2010 education resource. The whole school met at the local police station, and with the
police and the members of the RAN marched to the service station where they boarded a bus to
the local memorial, where the staging camp used to be. Here they participated in a ceremony run
by the RAN. Local community members were involved including Bessie, who worked at the
hospital staging camp when she was eighteen years old. On display at the service were posters
made by the Elliott School children for Anzac Day.
The judges were impressed by the school’s participation in the local Anzac Day commemorative
service, which was important for the students as well as the community as a whole.
The Hall State School, Queensland
Qld Primary Winner
In the week leading up to Anzac Day, The Hall State School was involved in many activities for
students. All students participated in an outdoor ‘bush kitchen’ set up, cooking damper and Anzac
biscuits. This was intended to give students a taste of the daily life of the Anzacs, and was
accompanied by learning about the history of the recipes.
On Anzac Day the school’s captains attended the local Dawn Service before rejoining the rest of
the students at the school’s Anzac Day ceremony. Students were addressed by guest speakers,
including a member of the Defence Force and a local MP. After the ceremony, activities had been
arranged for students, including wreath making and laying, displays, student-created board games
and wartime memorabilia for examination.
Students also constructed a mosaic monument to Nancy Wake, joining an existing mosaic of
Simpson and his donkey.
The judges felt that the entry clearly displayed a good understanding of the Anzac Spirit. They
were particularly impressed with the high level of student involvement in a broad range of activities,
and by the clear and neat presentation of the entry
Flinders Island District High School, Tasmania
Tas Primary Winner
The Grade 4/5 class from Flinders Island District High School, a small remote school situated on
Flinders Island in Bass Strait, produced an impressive entry that resonated with respect and
commemoration. The entry demonstrated the school’s strong level of involvement in the Anzac
traditions, and the relevance that the spirit of Anzac has for the school and the wider local
The class undertook sixteen different Anzac related learning activities, from interviewing ex-service
personnel to creating a moving and impressive memorial wall collage to honour those who
sacrificed their lives. The entry demonstrated strong evidence of learning and connections with the
wider school curriculum. Students studied local veterans and recognised the contribution made by
The entry is very well presented, showing due care and competence. The judging panel was
extremely impressed with the efforts of this class entry, and with the extensive range of activities
that were undertaken.
St Brendan’s Primary School, Victoria
VIC Primary Winner
Students of St Brendan’s Primary School researched the history of local veterans and traced their
experiences through artefacts, interviews and a mentoring program.
The mentoring program was designed to expose senior students to the experiences of their elders
in the local community who had lived through the war. Three members of the local community,
including two veterans and a historian, visited the school for three weeks and worked with small
groups of students whilst under the supervision of the class teachers. Additional community
members visited as guest speakers.
The students then organised an Anzac Day Exhibition with ten exhibits displaying their learning
from the mentor program and other related activities. The exhibits included displays of memorabilia
and research findings; a report on an excursion to a local monument and memorials; “Hand, Head
and Heart” reflective questions alongside Australian War Memorial images; and the Memorial Box
‘Australia Under Attack!’.
Members of the wider local community were invited to view the exhibition over the course of
The junior class was visited by another guest speaker, and learned about the historical significance
of their local area, and the changes that were experienced by the community during the war. The
junior students also made the Anzac biscuits served at the opening of the Anzac Day Exhibition.
The school also held a whole-school commemorative service led by students in years 5 and 6.
The judges were impressed by the extent of the research that was undertaken by the senior
students in preparing for the exhibition. The lists of sources are of high quality and demonstrate
broad investigation by the students. The exhibits that were prepared by students working directly
with the mentors were impressive both in their presentation and in their content, and the judges
noted the insight that students would have gained by getting to know these members of the local
Mount Pleasant Primary School, Western Australia
WA Primary Winner
For many years Mt Pleasant Primary School has enjoyed a relationship with members of the Royal
Australian Air Force Association Estate in Bull Creek. The veterans are involved in sharing their
experiences in the lead up to Anzac Day. This year twenty Second World War veterans attended
the school’s Anzac Day service followed by a morning tea.
The school developed a Year 1 and Year 6 ‘Buddy’ system for their Anzac Day Schools’ Awards
entry. The Anzac Buddy project encouraged the Year 6 students to share their knowledge and
understanding of Anzac Day with their Year 1 buddy. Their entry ‘A is for Anzac’ Art Exhibition was
well researched using both DVA education resources and the AWM website and includes twenty-
six art panels, which were also displayed at the school’s Anzac Day ceremony. On Anzac Day, the
students exhibited their artwork at the local RAAFA Estate.
A cross curriculum approach demonstrated both the students and the school’s commitment to
commemorating the service and sacrifice of Australia’s servicemen and women. The students
worked together to create their entry and were pleased to share it with the veterans from the
RAAFA Estate and family members.
The entry included student reflections on the buddy project. It also includes feedback provided by
the veterans who looked at the art exhibition on Anzac Day.
The judging panel were impressed by the obvious effort that had gone into the creation of the Art
Exhibition by the Year 1 and 6 students, which is of a high standard, and with their ongoing links
with the veterans from the RAAFA Estate.
SPECIAL CATEGORY WINNERS
Campbell Primary School, Western Australia
Special Category Winner: Best innovative activity
Campbell Primary School’s entry showcased the Anzac Day learning activities undertaken with
forty kindergarten students. The range of specially targeted activities was extensive and very
impressive. Care had obviously been taken to ensure that the students were introduced to the idea
of Anzac Day and commemoration in a variety of engaging and effective ways.
Students role-played as nurses and injured soldiers in a hospital setting, as well as soldiers in a
trench; viewed maps and models of terrain; interacted with original war medals and memorabilia
belonging to grandparents; read the story ‘The Bantam and the Soldier’ and then introduced a
bantam into the classroom; made Anzac biscuits and learned about symbols of commemoration
and were encouraged to attend Anzac Day marches or watch them on TV. Each activity was
demonstrably linked to curriculum and to early education principles, and a lot of work had clearly
gone into exploring each aspect of the curriculum and relating the students’ activities back to
The judges felt that this entry was innovative and creative, and demonstrated the ways in which
learning about Anzac Day and commemoration can begin at an early age. The students were
wholly involved in the activities, and the judges felt that the amount of inventive hard work and the
approach towards learning for kindergarten students was outstanding.
Merredin Senior High School, Western Australia
Special Category Winner: Best local history research
Merredin Senior High School is a small rural school. Its Anzac Day commemorative service is
researched and organised by the Year 10 English class, with a different focus each year. The
themes are linked closely to the local community, and this year the focus was on the contribution of
Australian women to the Anzac legend.
Students went on an excursion to the JS Batye Library of West Australian History to complement
their in-depth research on the contributions of particular women; learned to read microfilm; and
viewed the ‘ephemera’ collection, which included ration cards, discharge papers and diary entries
and gave students insight into life during the war. In-depth research was also conducted on Effie
May Garden, who had connections to their local community, and students invited her relatives to
attend the school Anzac Day service, and presented them with their finished report.
The judges considered that the students at Merredin Senior High School had shown excellent
research skills, and the report on Effie May Garden is just one example of this. Students accessed
a wide range of resources to learn about the experiences of many women from Western Australia
and gained insight into the experiences of members of their local community during the war.
Gympie West State School, Queensland
Special Category Winner: Best veteran and community involvement
Gympie West State School has a long-standing relationship with the members of the Queensland
Near North Coast Ex-POWs Association. The school maintains an Ex-POW memorial oval and
memorial wall, which were opened in 1971. Since 1966, the members of the Ex-POWs’
Association have attended the school’s Anzac Day ceremony and a relationship has been fostered
with students and the wider school community.
This year, Gympie West State School’s Anzac Day commemorations focused on saying goodbye
to the last two remaining members of the Ex-POWs’ Association, who do not expect to attend in
The students of Gympie West State School compiled a scrapbook containing the stories of many of
the veterans who have been involved with the school, showing extensive research and direct input
by the ex-POWs.
The judges recognised the long-standing involvement of the ex-POWs in the school life of Gympie
West High School, and noted the special theme of this year’s Anzac Day service. They were
impressed by the quality and the depth of the friendship between the school and the veterans’
group, and by the obvious reverence that the students have for the ex-POWs and their wartime