Year nine and 10 students are encouraged to start preparing their entries for the 2012-13 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize, Nationals Member for Murray Valley, Tim McCurdy, said today.
This is an annual competition to select 10 students for an all-expenses paid study tour of sites where Australians have served in war, centred on the Western Front and Gallipoli, Mr McCurdy said.
In addition to the 10 students selected to travel overseas, 17 regional finalists will tour a significant Australian location and will be invited to attend lunch with the Premier of Victoria, Ted Baillieu, he said.
The call for entries follows the return of the 10 finalists from the 2011-12 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC completion following a two week study tour to Gallipoli and the battlefields of Malaysia and Singapore.
Minister for Veterans Affairs, Hugh Delahunty, said the students had earned their place on the tour by entering outstanding creative projects, including multi-media works, essays, poems and musical pieces exploring how the values embodied by our ANZACS are still relevant to us today.
The challenge is now on the for next crop of Victorian students to follow in their footsteps, Mr Delahunty said.
Students are asked to submit an entry addressing the topic: To what extent is the ANZAC spirit relevant to life in Australia today? What can it teach us about the Australia we want for the future?
Students are asked to refer to examples of the ANZAC spirit from Australia’s involvement in wars and conflicts from Gallipoli through to the present day, and to relate those experiences to positive values and activities in everyday life.
Entries can be an essay of up to 1000 words, a poem or short story, an audio or video presentation, a musical composition – song or instrumental, digital presentation on CD or DVD, web page or power point on CD or DVD, or an artwork – painting, drawing, photograph or textile.
Non-essay entries will require a supporting statement of up to 500 words.
Applications are available from the Spirit of ANZAC website at http://dpcd.vic.gov.au/veterans/premiers-spirit-of-anzac-prize or from my electorate office, 15 Murphy Street, Wangaratta, phone 03 5721 6155, and entries close on October 19 2012, Mr McCurdy said.
I encourage students interested in entering this competition to visit the Spirit of ANZAC tour blog at http://spiritofanzactour2012.blogspot.com.au to tap into the thoughts and discoveries of previous winners for inspiration, he concluded.