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Premier's ANZAC School Spirit prize 2020

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update – the 2020 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize competition will be conducted as described on this page.

Entries are due on 22 May 2020.

The 2020 awardees will be announced in July 2020.

However, in response to the current COVID-19 situation, the study tour will not be conducted in October as intended. The tour will be rescheduled for April 2021 (April holidays).

The competition provides the opportunity for young South Australians to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century.

Following a selection process, students will be invited to participate in the State Government’s fully funded study tour to France during the October school holidays in 2020. The cost of travel, accommodation and meals are covered during the 11 day escorted tour to Northern France.

The students will be accompanied on the tour by a representative of the SA Branch of the Returned & Services League (RSL SA) of Australia, a representative of the Department for Education and appointed teachers.

The selection of the students to participate in the tour involves an entry as outlined below and an interview for shortlisted students.

Prior to the study tour the student awardees and their parent/s or carers will be required to attend
an orientation briefing in Adelaide during July and undertake preparation activities related to the
conflicts during World War 1 and 2 in France during the 20th Century.

Teachers will also be selected to accompany the students on the study tour. Teachers are eligible to apply if they have worked directly with students entering the 2020 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize.

Download the Information and Entry details document here.

Entry details

The prize is open to all South Australian students in Years 9 and 10 in 2020.

To enter students are required to respond to the following two questions:

Part A:
Using a range of sources, research the experience of a South Australian service man or woman who served (Navy, Army, Airforce or Nursing) during World War 1 and/or World War 2. (Maximum 1500 words)

Worth: 14 marks

Students will be judged on the quality of their response to the following aspects of the question above. Please note the mark scheme:

  1. Describe the context of the conflict in the place the service man or woman served in during World War 1 and/or World War 2. (2 marks)
  2. Describe his/her background before departing for war. (1 mark)
  3. Describe his/her service during the relevant World War/s. (4 marks)
  4. Either discuss the circumstances of the death of the service man or woman during the war, or their life after the war/s. (2 marks)
  5. Use a range of primary and secondary sources such as photographs, maps, artefacts, diary entries, books and archival materials and ensure that they are correctly cited in a bibliography (5 marks).

Part B:
The Anzac Spirit is generally considered to be comprised of courage, perseverance, mateship and resourcefulness. Using evidence drawn from your research in Part A, choose two of the characteristics of the Anzac Spirit that is shown best by the individual you researched. (Maximum 500 words)

Worth: 6 marks

The responses can be in one of the following two formats:

  • A written piece (maximum of 2000 words presented as a typed document) or a
  • A multi-media presentation to a maximum of 6 minutes (submit on a DVD or USB).

Only four entries from a school can be submitted via the school competition. The expectation is that each school will determine the four entries to be forwarded for judging by the Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize judging panel. The judging of the school entries is expected to be based on the judging criteria shown above. All entries forwarded must be accompanied by the Student Entry and Declaration form.

Students in Year 9 or 10 may enter the competition through a community group e.g. Australian Defence Forces cadets. The entry has to be submitted through the student’s school and can be in addition to the four entries submitted by the school.

Students are also required to write a personal statement (500 word maximum) highlighting their:

  • extra-curricular contributions to the school and/or community
  • interest in history
  • civic mindedness
  • other personal information relevant to the judging process.

Advice to applicants when researching and writing their submission:

  1. The study of lesser known individuals is a general expectation of the competition i.e. a person whose experiences in World War 1 and/or World War 2 have not been the subject of considerable publication.
  2. The individuals profiled in previous winning entries that appear on the Veterans SA site cannot be the subject of your submission. A list of these ineligible individuals is provided in the Information and Entry details document.
  3. Word count must be adhered to (Part A to be a maximum of 1500 words and Part B a maximum of 500 words).
  4. Appropriate referencing and a bibliography is required as part of the entry.
  5. Sources such as photographs, tables and maps must be described, referenced (i.e. Figure 1) and referred to in the text or referenced in appendices
  6. Students should use the mark scheme to guide their response to each section.
  7. It is suggested that students should present their research in the order of the questions asked.
  8. Primary and/or secondary sources must be used as evidence to support the analysis in Part B.
  9. Use 3 to 6 sources that are referred to in the text and evident in the bibliography.
  10. The following is to be noted in relation to the word count:
    ◦ The numbers of words contained in Part A and B are to appear at the end of those parts of the submission.
    ◦ The word count does not include referencing, the bibliography and brief captions under photographs/tables/maps etc.

On the basis of the submitted entries and the personal statements, the judging panel will select finalists to be interviewed. The interview will determine which students are selected to participate in the study tour.

All entries submitted to the judging panel will receive a certificate of participation. Students achieving 14/20 and above will receive a Certificate of Merit and the awardees will receive a Certificate of Excellence.

When and how to submit entries

  • Only four entries will be accepted from a school (unless also submitting entries on behalf of a community organisation).
  • Five copies of each entry to be received by post no later than Friday, 22 May 2020 at 5 pm.
  • Entries must be posted – emailed entries will not be accepted.
  • The posted entries must have a postmark of no later than 22 May 2020.
  • The entries must be accompanied by the Student Entry and Declaration Form.
  • Teacher applications using the Teacher Application Form must be submitted with the student entries.
  • Applications not following format guidelines will not be considered in the judging process.
  • Schools are to indicate on the Student Entry and Declaration Form the number of students who participated in their school based Anzac Spirit School Prize competition in 2020.

Applications to be forwarded to:
Attention: Malcolm McInerney
2020 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize Application Department for Education
Learning Improvement Division Education Support Hub
Level 1
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone: 0437 249 200

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Send applications to:

2020 Anzac Spirit School Prize applications

Attention: Malcolm McInerney
2020 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize Application Department for Education
Learning Improvement Division Education Support Hub
Level 1
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide SA 5001

Phone0437 249 200