NATIONAL WINNERS National Primary Winner and Western Australia Primary Winner:
Binnu Primary School Binnu Primary School is a small, isolated school located 540 kilometres north of Perth in the Mid West region of Western Australia.
Binnu Primary School’s entry showcased the strong history of the townsite and the school’s community ties. The school is in a unique position to have a Lone Pine established in its grounds and this has provided the opportunity for staff and students to create a very significant and special ‘Lone Pine Project’. This project plans “…to share our Lone Pine with 100 other schools, by growing 100 seedlings that can be planted on Anzac Day 2015, so that 100 other schools around the state can grow another generation’s link to the Gallipoli story.” The ‘Binnu Lone Pine’ was planted in 1968 and was the focus of the school’s 2014 Anzac Day service, as well as a very significant learning tool for the entire student body. This was evidenced by the photographs and examples of students’ class work submitted with the entry.
In preparation for the ‘Lone Pine Project’, students read the book, Lone Pine, searched their own family histories, created artwork and wrote poetry. The school also conducted an Anzac Day commemorative service.
Binnu Primary School’s entry showed, in a very unique way, how a small school community can create such a powerful and heartfelt connection with, and understanding of, the Anzac tradition. The judges felt this was a very sincere entry with a sense of altruism in wanting to share the ‘Lone Pine Project’ with other communities.
The awarding of State and National Primary Winner was a unanimous decision by the judges. They believed this to be an excellent entry which showed a strong connection to the curriculum, evidence of learning, involvement across all school years, and obvious involvement of the broader community.
National Secondary Winner and Australian Capital Territory Secondary Winner:
Melba Copland Secondary School The 2014 Melba Copland Secondary School Network Anzac Day commemorative service had a strong focus on ‘Why we remember 100 years on’ and ‘Why Australians still serve today’. Teachers aimed to get students thinking critically, researching and learning about the importance of commemoration, and using a range of primary sources to further their understanding.
Wishing to involve as many members of the community as possible, the school worked closely with the local RSL and invited three veterans to speak to the school community, highlighting the value of personal, first-hand stories in the study of history. Current serving officers and sailors from HMAS Harman were also invited to the Anzac Day service and provided a catafalque party.
Melba Copland invited schools in their local network to assist in organising and participating in the Anzac Day service. Five local primary schools provided much of the service content and facilitated as the ‘masters of ceremonies’. Another two primary schools outside Melba Copland’s ‘official’ network also attended, raising the total participation numbers to over 1000 students.
Prior to the service, students produced a variety of photo essays, poems, peace banners, posters and stories, some of which were used during the service. Throughout the service, students and staff shared information about the traditions of a commemorative service, including the use of symbols such as poppies and the playing of the Last Post and a minute’s silence. The judges could see clear evidence of prior learning which influenced the content and depth of the commemorative service.
Following the Anzac Day service, visiting students were invited to explore, research and learn more about both the Anzacs and Australians serving today. Using sources such as DVA booklets, CD-ROMs and the DVA website, students actively participated an interactive and engaging learning experiences.
The learning at Melba Copland continues as teachers are finalising a student visit to the Australian War Memorial so that students can enhance their understanding of Australia’s wartime experience even further.
The judges could certainly see that the learning associated with this entry was aligned with the Australian Curriculum and commended the level of student involvement, including the fact that a student had compiled the school’s entry.
PRIMARY WINNERS Australian Capital Territory Primary Winner:
Red Hill Primary School The history and significance of Anzac Day is taught and commemorated in all year levels at Red Hill Primary School. The judges could see strong evidence of student learning from Preschool to Year 6.
All students participated in poppy craft activities during recess times and students used them to decorate the school Honour Wall. Additionally, students from Preschool to Year 2 participated in a variety of learning activities, including baking Anzac biscuits, reading ‘Anzac’ related story books such as Why are they marching, Daddy?, watching a video clip of Simpson and his Donkey and constructing wreaths for the school’s Anzac Day ceremony.
Year 3 students discussed the meaning of Anzac Day and students in Year 4 read the book, The Red Poppy, discussing the symbolism of poppies and the First World War. Each student made a handprint and wrote a message of support on the palm. These were collected and used in the schools’ Anzac Day ceremony.
Year 5 students explored Gallipoli and the Anzacs. Using resources borrowed from the Australian War Memorial, students researched and gave short presentations on the significance of the Gallipoli campaign, and wrote diary entries from people who were involved. A veteran was invited to speak to Year 5 about the significance of Anzac Day. The students in Year 5 also hosted the school Anzac Day ceremony and created an Honour Wall where the school community was invited to contribute a photo to honour a family member who has served previously or is currently serving in the ADF or NZDF.
Year 6 students constructed wreaths for the Anzac Day ceremony and watched a DVD, Anzac Day WWI – Australians at Gallipoli. They also participated in an Anzac and Peace ceremony organised by a local RSL branch. They then wrote Anzac acrostic poems after the excursion.
The judges were particularly impressed with the depth of learning across the whole school and the level of involvement by students. The standard of presentation in this entry was very high.
New South Wales Primary Winner:
St John Vianney’s Parish School The focus for St John Vianney’s Parish School this year was the significant battle of Kokoda in the Second World War.
The amount of work planned for this unit was so vast that students and teachers began their work in Term 4 2013, knowing that it would take until 2014 for it to be completed. Activities started with an excursion to the Kokoda Track Walkway in Rhodes, NSW, where students met two veterans of the Kokoda campaign who took them for a walk along the walkway and spoke to them of their experiences on the track.
Back at school, students explored the text, Photographs in Mud, which follows the lives of a Japanese and an Australian soldier as they fight on the Kokoda Track and think about their families back home. Following class discussions, students wrote a letter as if they were an Australian soldier writing home. Students also wrote a diary entry as if they were an eleven year old child living in Sydney in 1942.
Students created a Kokoda Memorial Garden at their school and held an official opening where Kokoda veterans were invited to attend. The school also held an Anzac Day service, where students wrote and presented speeches, and created 3D models of the track.
The judges were impressed by the strong student participation across a range of key learning areas and the depth of research undertaken. The activities were creative and the entry was professionally presented.
Victorian Primary Winner:
Thomas Chirnside Primary School Anzac Day is a very significant occasion at Thomas Chirnside Primary School. The school has formally adopted the Melbourne West Sub-branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia through the Shrine of Remembrance ‘adopt an Ex-Service Association’ program. Following the school’s commemorative service, students in Years 5 and 6 met with veterans for a discussion forum where students presented projects and asked questions. The judges were impressed with the strong bonds that have been established with the veteran community.
Students undertook research projects on a variety of topics related to Australia’s wartime history and presented them as posters and artworks with a combination of text and images. The students researched the topics from a range of perspectives with careful consideration of accuracy, content and presentation. The judges believed that the students' research and reflections indicated a growing understanding of the Anzac traditions.
Queensland Primary Winner:
Oonoonba State School Oonoonba State School is located close to Lavarack Barracks in Townsville and therefore the Australian Defence Force and its history is an important aspect of the school’s life.
During this year’s commemorative service, the school demonstrated links with the wider community and involved the whole school. As a focus for this year’s service, the school remembered Lance Cpl Luke Gavin who was a valued member of the school community and killed while on active duty in Afghanistan in 2011. During the service, a balloon was released and a wreath laid in his honour. The service involved former and current serving ADF members. Students created their own wreaths which were laid as part of the moving ceremony. The judges saw clear links between commemoration and student empathy and understanding and were impressed the level of student involvement and the variety of learning experiences undertaken.
To engage with the local community, students in Years 3 to 7 joined the city’s march and student leaders also sold RSL badges. Additionally, students from Oonoonba State School submitted an entry into the Army Museum of North Queensland art competition and explored the museum during a school excursion.
Following Anzac Day, the school library displayed First World War memorabilia. It was clear that sound research was undertaken by students who completed narratives about Anzac day, artwork and presentations.
Tasmania Primary Winner:
Trevallyn Primary School Trevallyn Primary School submitted a worthy winning entry that used a wide range of innovative ideas, all researched and undertaken by the students themselves.
The entry included role plays, a PowerPoint presentation, and various dioramas and models; the highlight of these was a Lego-based stop motion film of the story of Simpson and his donkey. The video displayed an excellent use of modern technology. It was uploaded via social media and viewed by the wider community, generating considerable interest and pride.
The judges were also impressed with the students’ written explanations of how the entries were planned, the consumables required and how the models were completed. The level of student research and learning really impressed the judges.
The school’s Anzac Day assembly included all students and the wider school community.
Northern Territory Primary Winner:
Tipperary Station School
Tipperary Station School is an isolated rural school located 29 kilometres from the Daly River Road and 180 kilometres from Darwin. Much of the student learning around Anzac Day took place via digital technology and collaboration with other schools. The commemoration of Anzac Day this year was marked with a Global Collaboration Project involving other classrooms, cultures, values and beliefs.
Tipperary Station School worked with Shore Grammar School in Sydney to produce an iBook. This involved the older students from Shore writing Anzac stories and reading them over Skype to the younger Tipperary students, who then produced illustrations for the iBook.
The project also involved Skyping with students in Japan and reading an Anzac story, as well as exchanging Peace Crane postcards.
Students then Skyped with a classroom in New Zealand to read the story, Simpson and his Donkey, and talk about mateship. Finally they had an ex-serving military officer come and talk about her time as a jet re-fueller and security officer.
The judges were impressed with the use of technology and the sharing of stories across national and international boundaries.
South Australia Primary Winner:
Snowtown Primary School Snowtown Primary School is a small school in rural South Australia. The aim of the project was to devote a school term to learning about the Anzac tradition and enable the students to understand and appreciate the sacrifices that had been made for them from the First World War to today.
The staff took a cross-curricular approach to the unit. Students visited the local RSL, memorials and cemetery and wrote accounts of their visits. They used primary sources to research local veterans, read books, created posters and artwork, made Anzac biscuits and researched items that a soldier would have carried during the war. The judges commented on the excellent cross-curricula approach taken to their learning.
Student leaders then worked with the local RSL to organise an Anzac service at the school. This was attended by the President of the local RSL and members of the community. During the service the students read the names of those who had served from the local community. All those present were then invited into the classrooms so that the students could share what they had learned during the unit.
The judges were impressed with how engaged the students were and how many aspects of the project involved working and sharing knowledge with the local community.
SECONDARY WINNERS New South Wales Secondary Winner:
John Therry Catholic High School The John Therry Catholic High School community believed that ANZACs are more likely than not to be identified as a group rather than as individuals of different cultural societies, positions of power, gender and age.
Their project and its theme set out to portray the individuality and patriotism of the many men and women who valiantly served our nation. Students researched, wrote and acted out a script that showcased key individuals.
In addition, the school held an Anzac Day assembly at which students handed out small pieces of rosemary attached to cards featuring individual profiles of soldiers who served Australia with courage and dedication. The purpose of the cards was to emphasise the theme of individuality. Veterans, cadets and the school community attended the service.
Students from the school also attended the local town service, and the school captains read the Ode of Remembrance at the Sydney Dawn Service. Individuals were also interviewed about their service, or the service of family members.
The judges felt that this was a well structured entry that covered all aspects of Anzac commemoration and which also considered the impacts on veterans, families and the wider community.
Victoria Secondary Winner:
Alkira Secondary College The tradition of commemorating Anzac Day continued this year at Alkira Secondary College. This entry demonstrated a wide range of involvement within the school and the broader community.
The school ran a very respectful Anzac Day commemorative service and the judges were particularly impressed when students from the College ran the Anzac Day service for their local primary school. The school also involved parliamentary and consular representatives, as well as local veterans, in their service which highlighted broader community involvement.
Queensland Secondary Winner:
St Ursula’s College The motto at St Ursula’s College is ‘Serviam’ – I will serve. A special service group, inspired by the Anzac experience, has been formed in the College to ‘encourage and foster selfless concern for those who have made a incalculable sacrifice to our community’.
Throughout 2013 and 2014, the group has been involved in many projects to raise money for their local RSL and create relationships with their local veteran community.
Students were responsible for conducting the College commemorative service for Anzac Day 2014 with many veterans and their families in attendance. The sense of whole school involvement particularly impressed the judges.
The judges were also impressed with the ongoing community based initiatives that highlighted a commitment to the veteran community. The activities at the College demonstrated that Anzac Day is not simply commemorated one day a year but forms a basis for a culture of caring and concern for their community and veterans.
Tasmania Secondary Winner:
Rose Bay High School Students and members of the local community were co-participants in the commemorative activities at Rose Bay High School which culminated in a wonderful Anzac Day school assembly. The judges were particularly impressed with the high level of factual historical content and the depth of learning about Anzac Day that took place.
This year, two students from the school were recipients of the Frank MacDonald MM Memorial Prize and Simpson Prize respectively. During the commemorative assembly, they were interviewed by members of the school student body about their experiences in Villers-Bretonneux and Gallipoli, and about the research they had undertaken to win their prizes.
A current serving member of the Army was the keynote speaker at the assembly. He spoke about the latest Tasmanian Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Cameron Baird, VC MG.
Students completed a scrapbook of a family member, community member or friend who had served in any conflicts or peacekeeping operations during the past 100 years which showed a high level of community and ex-service involvement. The students spoke to the members of the local RSL and sourced their research from the RSL commemorative boards and memorials.
With support from the Anglesea Barracks Military Museum and the Australian War Memorial, members of the school community converted a classroom into a museum with a very impressive display of artefacts and a timeline showing significant events in Australia’s wartime history.
Further evidence of veteran and community involvement included inviting the Tasmanian C Squadron, 3rd Light Horse Regiment re-enactment group to participate in a wreath laying ceremony, unveiling of commemorative memorials and release of peace doves at the school’s new memorial garden following the assembly.
A Gallipoli rose, rosemary and heath have been planted in the memorial garden. The school has sourced and is awaiting clearance from the quarantine authorities for Lone Pine seedlings that will be planted and cared for by the students as an ongoing project.
A thoughtful inclusion in the entry was a box of cards in the form of ‘peace doves’ on which students recorded the research they had undertaken, what they learned both about themselves as part of the process and the veterans they researched.
The judges were impressed by the wide variety of activities undertaken and the very high level of student involvement.
Northern Territory Secondary Winner:
MacKillop Catholic College
This year, MacKillop Catholic College held its second Anzac Day display competition. Students made pieces such as letters between loved ones, scrapbooks of war memorabilia, battle scene displays etc.
The College also held a speech competition on the topic ‘What the spirit of Anzac means today’.
At the College’s Anzac Day assembly, a local veteran spoke about his experience and students and teachers made speeches and laid wreaths. The judges particularly liked the traditional nature of the ceremony.
South Australia Secondary Winner:
Craigmore Christian School Craigmore Christian School is in close proximity to RAAF Base Edinburgh, with many of the students coming from defence families. It was decided to mark 100 years since the beginning of the First World War in a special way.
The main aim of the school project was to bring together young and old members of the community and to ensure that the importance of, and appreciation for, commemorating Anzac Day continues throughout future generations.
The project involved the whole school, wider community and consisted of a number of smaller projects. One classroom was set up as a First World War museum, where a large amount memorabilia was put on display, including dog tags, gas mask, medals, uniforms, newspaper clippings and a doughboy helmet. The display was visited regularly by students from both the junior and senior schools.
The Year 12 Modern History class mentored the Year 3 class in a variety of activities, including visits to the Army Museum of South Australia and Salisbury RSL. A Year 12 student interviewed one of the last remaining ‘Rats of Tobruk’ and wrote an article for the school newsletter. They were also invited to lay a wreath at a local nursing home’s Anzac Day service.
The school’s projects culminated in a special Anzac Day morning tea showcasing the talents of students across the school. At the morning tea, a Second World War veteran was invited to share his and his father’s (a First World War veteran) experiences. A show bag of primary sources, photocopied from the veteran’s memorabilia was given to each of the students. Poetry written by English students was read, the CCS Vocal Ensemble performed a number of World War One melodies and a children’s picture book, written and illustrated by a Year 12 English student, was presented to the veteran.
The judges were impressed by the high level of participation by the students and the cross curricular approach to the students’ learning. The various activities were creative and interesting.
Western Australia Secondary Winner:
Comet Bay College Comet Bay College’s Anzac Day service had the theme, ‘Their Spirit, Our History’, and was the culmination of obvious whole school participation, both on the day and in the learning activities leading up to it.
Activities included an ‘Anzac’ poem writing competition, ‘Anzac’ themed photo editing competition, Honour Wall writing competition, and performances from student soloists and student choirs from both the College and Secret Harbour Primary School. The high quality and thought provoking artwork created by students was displayed throughout the school. The judges were particularly impressed by the high standard of the students’ artwork.
The College’s Anzac Day service involved the entire school with a guest choir from Secret Harbour Primary School invited to perform. A unique and fitting aspect of the Anzac Day Service was the creation of fabric poppies by the Home Economics class, which were presented to invited guests on the day. Comet Bay College’s Student Catering Services provided a very well received morning tea and lunch to invited guests. Members of the ADF, ex-serving members and broader community also attended the ceremony.
PRIMARY RUNNERS-UP Australian Capital Territory Primary Runner-Up:
Weetangera Primary School Students in Year 6 at Weetangera Primary School participated in a range of learning activities related to Anzac Day.
Firstly, they conducted the school’s Anzac Day service where they researched the various components of the service and carefully planned each one. Girl Guides and Scouts within the school formed a guard of honour and walked the national flags into the service. A member of the Royal Military College band played the Last Post. Other classes across the school made and laid wreaths, and the students also created a PowerPoint presentation of images related to Anzac Day that ran during the service.
Next, the students designed and built a commemorative courtyard for classes to use when studying the Anzacs. Once they were given permission from the Principal, they organised a ‘Red Day’ to raise funds to purchase materials. Each student dressed in red or black (like a poppy) and made a donation. The students then built the garden bed, planted rosemary and red flowers, and painted murals on the walls.
Students then used the Australian War Memorial website to find profiles of servicemen and women. They used this information to write a profile and tribute to their chosen soldier. These were then put onto ‘feet’ and ‘planted’ in the garden.
Lastly, students read the book, Anzac Biscuits, and then cooked some with each class across the school.
New South Wales Primary Runner-Up:
Leppington Public School The Leppington Public School entry was inspired by teachers reading the poem, The Anzac on the Wall. Students discovered the writer saw a photograph in a shop and decided to buy it. From there, they imagined what may have been behind the photo if he, the purchaser, had looked. The students imagined that he would have discovered a bundle of letters sent by the soldier from Gallipoli. Students discussed where the soldier was and, after researching a particular date and events of the time, wrote a letter home describing his experiences. After reading the letters, the soldier would no longer be a just soldier in a photo, he would be a real person.
As part of the lead up to Anzac Day, students researched Gallipoli and the commemoration of Anzac Day and its traditions. Students completed learning tasks based on ‘Anzac’ and created beautiful wall displays in their classroom.
They planned to hold a very different commemorative service in the school garden that would eventually become their ‘Remembrance’ area.
Students also visited a nursing home to speak to veterans, and wrote paragraphs about what ‘Anzac’ meant to them.
The judges were impressed by the range of activities that stimulated empathy and an understanding of ‘Anzac’.
Victorian Primary Runner-Up:
Mossgiel Park Primary School The school undertook a learning unit with a comprehensive range of age-appropriate activities across the whole of the school related to Anzac Day. Involving such things as making Anzac biscuits at the Prep level, guided reading of "We Remember", involvement in a local school-based memorial ceremony, class discussions and reflections on the meaning of Anzac Day in the middle grades and the study of Women's war service at the year 5 & 6 level. The school provided strong evidence and clearly demonstrating a whole-of-school involvement and learning about the significance and meaning of Anzac Day.
The judges were impressed by the standard of planning and consideration of how learning about the Anzac tradition can be introduced across all school levels. The unit of work was tied together well.
Queensland Primary Runner-Up:
West Moreton Anglican College The focus of the learning and commemorative activities at West Moreton Anglican College was ‘Women in War’. Students explored the various roles women have undertaken during times of war.
The judges especially liked that the activities were suited to different year levels. Students from Prep to Year 3 entered a ‘Dress a Doll’ Competition, where students coloured in a uniform which had been research and created by Library staff. Students in Years 4 to 6 entered a ‘Design a Poster’ Competition. Entries in the competitions were used as displays during the school’s Anzac Day service.
Students, staff, veterans from the community, as well as cadets and current serving members, attended the College Anzac Day service. There was a focus on the current serving ‘defence mums’ from RAAF Base Amberley. Students from defence families laid wreaths which they had made, and the special guest speaker was part of ‘essential services’ in Brisbane during World War Two and a widow of a war veteran. She spoke about what life was like for wives and women during the war.
Students continued to gain an understanding of the role of women in war through class lessons and activities.
Tasmania Primary Runner-Up:
No Primary Runner-Up Northern Territory Primary Runner-Up:
Moil Primary School Moil Primary School began their learning about Anzac Day in Term 1 when students were introduced to local residents’ experiences of war. Students analysed various biographies and looked at those involved with the bombing of Darwin.
During Term 2, members of the Darwin community including parents, grandparents and local residents came into classes to share their stories of war. Students asked questions and took photos with their iPads to place in individual books which will be copied and given to those who shared their stories, and also kept in the school library as a reference.
The judges were impressed with the excellent community and family involvement, as well as the effective use of technology.
South Australia Primary Runner-Up:
St Columba’s Memorial School St Columba’s is a small school in rural South Australia. In the lead up to Anzac Day, students began learning about the meaning and traditions of Anzac Day at their school assemblies. A parent, and veteran who was injured while serving in Afghanistan, spoke to the students and other members of the school community about their experience. The judges commended the whole school involvement.
The students undertook a number of activities including writing narratives, poetry and letters, and creating artwork. There was also a class visit to the Bublacowie Military Museum where the students were able to see wartime memorabilia and listen to a talk by the curator, himself a veteran.
Some of the students also attended the local community’s Anzac Day Dawn Service.
Western Australia Primary Runner-Up:
Falls Road Primary School Falls Road Primary School has a long standing tradition of empowering their Year 6 students with the honour of hosting the school’s Anzac Day service. This year, the students included an ‘Anzac’ inspired choral reading of ANZAC Day, a reflective video of what Anzac Day means to them, as well as a rendition of In Flanders Fields. During the service, representatives from each year level laid flowers, wreaths or a cross.
Every student in the school created a ‘hand print’ with an Anzac Day message on it, and poppies made by students in Year 1 were displayed at the service.
In the classroom, Year 6 students researched local service men or women, or members of their own family and completed a learning activity ‘Who are the ANZACS?’. These were displayed during the service, along with artwork, letters home and diary entries written by students.
The judges were impressed with the high quality of resources, the variety of activities and the obvious involvement of the whole school.
SECONDARY RUNNERS-UP Australian Capital Territory Secondary Runner-Up:
St Clare’s College This year’s Anzac Day ceremony at St Clare’s College focused on ‘The Role of Women in War’. The ceremony included a female catafalque party from the Federation Guard. The College Captain, who comes from a defence force family, delivered a moving address on ‘What Anzac Day means to me’ and also spoke about how the school community can use the qualities shown by the Anzacs in everyday life.
The guest speaker, a female veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, spoke not only about commemorating the lives of those men and women who perished in war, but also about the great impact and loss felt by those left at home. She focused on the role that women played in war and how nurses, in particular, faced great hardship and danger. Students listened as a letter written by a nurse was read out. The judges were impressed with the highly relevant theme and the involvement of the wider community.
There was a special presentation to the seven students at St Clare’s College this year who currently have a parent deployed on an overseas operation. Each of these students received the ‘Family Recognition Medallion’. As in previous years, the ‘Anzac Spirit’ award was presented to a student who displayed one or more of the values of courage, mateship, loyalty, citizenship and honour.
New South Wales Secondary Runner-Up:
Asquith Girls High School Asquith Girls High School held a formal assembly to commemorate Anzac Day. The assembly was attended by all students and staff and was led by Year 9 students studying the history of the First and Second World Wars. The students collected writings of experiences from the wars and created a PowerPoint to accompany them.
A special feature of the assembly was that, in addition to stories from the past, the students had the opportunity to hear the recent experiences in Afghanistan from a current serving member of the Australian Defence Force. The opportunity to hear the recent war zone experience of a female member of the ADF was a powerful and significant experience for students in an all-girls’ school.
The assembly was also attended by members of the ex-service community and parents and grandparents of students at the school. The judges felt that the content of the assembly was very relevant to the audience and made connections with the broader community.
Victoria Secondary Runner-Up:
Wangaratta High School
Wangaratta High School designed an Anzac Day commemorative ceremony that effectively drew on local wartime experiences of past student and community members. Within their commemorative ceremony they referred to a former student who was killed during the First World War. This along with extracts read from a 1917 school magazine made the message about the impact of war both relevant and real to the audience. The local community’s links to the 2/24th Battalion were also a highlight of their commemorative activities.
The school clearly demonstrated how to honour the service and sacrifice of servicemen and women through a relevant and local example. The school also encouraged an understanding of the ongoing impact of war on today's younger generation.
Queensland Secondary Runner-Up:
Biggenden State School Biggenden State School involved the whole school in its Anzac Day commemorative activities this year.
Prior to Anzac Day, the students participated in a range of learning activities and visual displays adorned the school’s library.
The school’s commemorative service was planned, coordinated and conducted by the student leaders, with the whole school body and members of the local community in attendance. The ceremony covered many topics and a highlight was a visit by members of the 5th Light Horse Gympie Troop. The judges were very impressed with the way the students contributed to the ceremony and believed that they displayed a real understanding of Anzac Day.
School leaders also participated in the town’s March of Remembrance and a night-time bush walk and daybreak service on the top of Mt Walsh, organised and conducted by the school chaplain.
The judges were impressed by the large amount of community involvement for a small school.
Tasmania Secondary Runner-Up
No Secondary Runner-Up Northern Territory Secondary Runner-Up:
Palmerston Senior College In the lead up to Palmerston Senior College’s Anzac Day commemorative ceremony, wreaths and flowers were made, and teachers and students discussed the significance of Anzac Day.
The theme of this year’s ceremony was ‘Nurses in Conflict’ and was attended by veterans, politicians, defence personnel, families, staff and students. During the ceremony, a teacher read a letter written by her aunt who had been a nurse in 1915. A bugler from the ADF played the Last Post and the Rouse, and wreaths were laid.
The judges particularly liked the traditional elements of the ceremony and the involvement of the school community.
South Australia Secondary Runner-Up and Best Local History Research Special Category Winner:
Urrbrae Agricultural High School There were a number of student-led initiatives which made up Urrbrae Agricultural High School’s entry this year.
In 1946 a grove of trees, and individual plaques, were planted at the school as a memorial to 18 students who lost their lives during the Second World War. One particular student at the school was concerned about the state of the grove, and set to work to ensure that it was restored to its former glory. The student worked with teachers and members of the community to restore the plaques and replant trees that had died. The Year 10 SOSE class then researched the men represented on each of the plaques.
Students conducted an Anzac Day assembly where they presented their research to the whole school including information on the purpose of Anzac Day, the history of the Lone Pine and a summary of the service of one of the servicemen commemorated in the grove of trees.
Members of the veteran community were invited to the assembly and there were a number of guest speakers including veterans and a serving Army Captain. Following the assembly, the guests were invited to take part in the planting of the new trees.
The research on the trees, and the servicemen commemorated, was presented to a representative from the RAAF Association Mitcham branch at the assembly. This research will also become part of a national database of Avenues of Honour Australia wide.
The judges were impressed that a student-led initiative culminated in the research being shared with the whole school and the wider community. The fact that it will become part of a database that can be accessed worldwide was also very impressive.
The judges commended the considerable level of research highlighting the local history of service personnel from the school community, as well as the nature of the work done to restore the memorial grove.
Western Australia Secondary Runner-Up
Lesmurdie Senior High School Lesmurdie Senior High School has a long standing tradition of hosting an Anzac Day commemorative assembly in the school grounds with student leaders taking a lead role in the preparation and presentation of the service.
The entire school attended the service along with invited guests from both the veteran and wider community. Senior students played key roles in the service as MCs, delivering commemorative prayers and addresses. Soloist students performed with the school band and choir.
Students from different year groups belonging to a range of community groups volunteered to create a catafalque party. These students researched and practiced the correct protocols for both the flag raising and catafalque party etiquette. These students wore their group’s uniform to create a respectful tone for the ceremony.
The judges were impressed by the obvious thought and attention to detail the students put into the service. It was a genuine school activity that also embraced the wider veteran community, with the addition of veterans guest speakers and invited guests.
SPECIAL CATEGORY WINNERS Best Veteran and Community Involvement:
Omeo Primary School is a small rural school with just 52 students. During April, 2014, the school displayed work created by Years 5/6 students in a vacant shop in the main street of Omeo. There were 72 pieces of work in total based on a unit of work called ‘Reflections on War’.
The display created lots of interest and saw locals and visitors viewing, reading and enjoying the students’ efforts. Many members of the community passed on positive comments. The Omeo RSL has asked to use the work to create a display in 2015 for the Anzac Centenary.
The judges were impressed with the range of work that was displayed and the great opportunity the display provided for the wider community to share. The school certainly engaged with veterans and the local community, but in a unique and creative way.
Best Innovative Activity:
Wangaratta West Primary School, Victoria
The students in Years 3/4 wanted to tell the story of the Gallipoli campaign from the point of view of the Anzac ‘diggers’. After some thorough research, they decided to replicate the famous battle in the school grounds. In doing so, they discovered the importance of the Anzac traditions of teamwork and mateship, and imagined what life was like for the first Anzacs. The judges were impressed that the students directed this activity.
There was strong evidence of prior learning in the construction of the topographic sand map of Anzac Cove. It was clear that the students had a great understanding of the geographical challenges faced by the Anzacs at Gallipoli.
This task aimed to engage students in learning about the events at Gallipolli. The judges were impressed with the level of factual learning and the hands-on approach in this activity.
Best Local History Research:
Urrbrae Agricultural High School, South Australia See South Australia State Runner-up Best Use of Technology:
The Essington School Darwin, Northern Territory
Members of the Student Council at the Essington School attended the Bombing of Darwin Ceremony earlier in the year. Footage was taken of the ceremony, edited and then shown in the school’s Anzac Day assembly. Two students were also interviewed at the Bombing of Darwin ceremony for local radio.
Additionally, Year 9 Media students interviewed a 91 year old veteran for an Essington radio show. Another Media student went around the school and asked different students how they commemorated Anzac Day and recorded their answers on a portable voice recorder. The responses were edited and played on local radio, and were also presented to the Darwin Military Museum for their archives.
The judges were impressed with the use of different forms of technology in this entry, including radio interviews and film.
Best Commemorative Art:
Sunrise Christian School –Paradise Campus, South Australia The Year 5 class at Sunrise Christian School is a multinational class with many students having been born overseas or whose parents were born overseas.
During Term 2, the students undertook a number of learning activities about Anzac Day, including the history of Anzac Day, making Anzac biscuits and learning about Simpson and his Donkey. Following this, they invited a Vietnam Veteran into the classroom and asked him a range of questions that they had prepared.
The class then decided to design their own commemorative stamps and coins to commemorate the Centenary of Anzac. They researched what made an effective stamp and coin and also different symbols of Anzac. From this, they each completed a piece of artwork and a written reflected on the purpose and meaning of their artwork.
The judges thought this entry was original and imaginative and, by reflecting on what the artwork meant to each of them, they showed a high level of learning. The judges could see that the students had a strong understanding of symbols used in the design of the commemorative stamps and coins.