School students in the New England are being encouraged to learn about veteran service and Australian wartime history by asking the question, ‘what does commemoration look like in our community?’
Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, said the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards were now open and about honouring the service and sacrifice of Australians from the First World War to modern day conflicts and peacekeeping operations.
“These Awards offer students the chance to understand more about our nation’s military contribution over the years and how we now commemorate as a community,” Mr Joyce said.
“Regrettably, health restrictions forced the cancellation of last year’s Anzac Day services but we saw communities find different ways to commemorate such as the Light Up the Dawn campaign which asked people to stand by their driveway in solidarity of our service men and women.
“Award submissions could feature any topic such as the experiences of the families of veterans or the changing roles of women in war and told through any media form such as a movie, artwork or website.
“Remembering the sacrifice of all who have served in the protection of our country and way of life is so important and I urge all schools across the New England to take part in this initiative,” Mr Joyce added.
The national winner’s school will receive $5,000, a trophy and certificate. There will also be state and territory winners, with the schools receiving $3,000 and a certificate. Winners in the special categories will receive $2,000 and a certificate.
Entries for the Awards are now open and will close on Wednesday, 30 June 2021. For further information, including on award categories, judging, criteria and how to apply visit the Anzac Portal website: anzacportal.dva.gov.au/research-education/competitions/anzac-day-schools-awards