Eight Talented Young Australian Students Win the Simpson Prize to Attend the Commemorative ANZAC Day Services at Gallipoli
Canberra, Australia (News4us.com) February 28, 2011
Eight talented young Australian students who have won the Simpson Prize will have the opportunity to attend the commemorative ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli as part of their award.
This popular national competition honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick, famous for his bravery under fire while rescuing his fellow soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915.
School Education Minister Peter Garrett today presented the eight winners and eight runners-up with their prizes.
“The Simpson Prize is awarded to the most outstanding explorations of the ANZAC story, which this year looked at at how the ANZAC legend has changed over the years,” Mr Garrett said.
“With over 600 entries this year from students all over the country, it’s clear that this vivid episode in Australian history is part of the picture of who we are today.
“I am proud that Australian students continue to build and foster a living connection with our past, making sure that our history is never forgotten.”
In essays or audio-visual presentations, students looked at the ANZAC legend in World War One, World War Two, the 1960s and more recently, and considered the representation of the ANZAC legend in popular film.
The winners and runners-up each receive a medallion to celebrate their achievements and take part in a special two-day Canberra study program which includes visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia. The Australian Government provided $186,000 in funding for the 2011 Simpson Prize.
Mr Garrett said the Australian Government is committed to raising the quality of Australian history teaching and learning through the Australian Curriculum.
“The Gillard Government believes in the power of education to transform the lives of all Australian students,” Mr Garrett said.
“The Australian Curriculum will deliver a consistent, rigorous and engaging approach to history education for every student in the country.”
Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, Warren Snowdon, said that the example set by Simpson 96 years ago is still very relevant today.
“The contribution made by John Simpson Kirkpatrick and thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers at Gallipoli reminds us how individuals can make a difference in the face of adversity, and that qualities such as compassion, selflessness and helping those in need are still very important in today’s society,” Mr Snowdon said.
Mr Snowdon said that the significance of the Anzac legend would continue to increase in importance as the anniversary of the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings neared.
The list of 2011 Simpson Prize winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones is attached. For more information on the Simpson Prize visit www.simpsonprize.org/.
New South Wales — Saint Ignatius College — John-Patrick Asimakis
Victoria — Star of the Sea College — Lauren McAlary
Queensland — Brisbane Girls Grammar — Tanvi Karnik
Western Australia — Ballajura Community College — Chelsea Moran
South Australia — Walford Anglican School — Zoe Williams
Tasmania — Smithton High School — Connor Bramich
Northern Territory — Palmerston High School — Hayley Chamberlain
Australian Capital Territory — Marist College — Gene Schirripa
New South Wales — Caringbah High School — Kaitlin Lake
Victoria — Melbourne High School — Thomas Posa
Queensland — Tannum Sands State High School — Jack Hales
Western Australia — St Norbert’s College — Jern Cabral
South Australia — Prince Alfred College — Oskar Thiele
Tasmania — The Friends School — Erin Jose
Northern Territory — Palmerston High School — Amelia Hoffman
Australian Capital Territory — Marist College — Brenton Reis
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