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Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize

The Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize provides young South Australians with the opportunity to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian service men and women during the 20th century.

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

The 2022 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize information and entry details will be available on this page from 11 November 2021.

About the prize and study tour

This prize has been conducted since 2007. Students who are awarded the prize are invited to participate in a State Government fully funded study tour.

The selection process involves a submission entry and then an interview for students who are shortlisted.

The students are accompanied on the study tour by:

  • a representative of the Department for Education
  • appointed teachers
  • a representative of the SA Branch of the Returned and Services League (RSL SA) of Australia.

Teachers can apply to accompany the study tour if they have worked directly with students who entered the Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize.

2022 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize

The 2022 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize will be launched on 11 November 2021 (Remembrance Day). Entry details will be released on this page on that day.

The questions and format for the competition in 2022 are likely to be similar to previous years. Minor changes may be made by the Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize reference group. 

2021 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize

2020 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize poster (JPG 123KB)

Awardees for 2021

The 2021 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize awardees have been invited to participate in the State Government’s fully funded study tour to Darwin and the Top End of Australia in April 2022. 

The 2021 awardees are:

  • Annabel Arbon – Endeavour College
  • Matthew Boyd – Investigator College - Victor Harbor Campus
  • Saffron Chen – St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School
  • Aidan Chong – Saint Ignatius' College
  • Cynole Sony – Glenunga International High School 
  • Lara Dawson – Adelaide Botanic High School 
  • Jessica Grasser – Golden Grove High School
  • Nicholas Heinrich – Central Yorke School
  • Eleanor Humphrey – St Peter's Collegiate Girls' School
  • Jessica Inglis – Loxton High School
  • Dakota Lloyd – Loxton High School
  • Ezra Lockwood – Horizon Christian School
  • Gemma Mann – Endeavour College
  • Jennifer Nguyen – Our Lady of Sacred Heart College
  • Abbey O’Donnell – Wirreanda Secondary School
  • Sadie Schultz – Saint Ignatius' College
  • Max Thomas – Prince Alfred College 
  • Olivia Turner – Adelaide Botanic High School
  • Madeline Wirth – Kingston Community School
  • Bethany Yates – St Martin’s College.

The teachers selected to accompany the students are:

  • Janine Fedorchuk-Weeks – Birdwood High School
  • Jodie O’Donnell – Investigator College, Victor Harbor.

The RSL SA delegate on the 2021 prize study tour is Dr Paula Dabovich.

Entry details for 2021

To enter in 2021, students had to answer the following 2 questions and write a 'personal statement'.

The responses to the questions could be submitted as either:

  • a written piece (maximum 2000 words, presented as a typed document)
  • a multi-media presentation (maximum of 6 minutes).

All entries submitted to the judging panel (4 per school) received a certificate of participation. Students who achieved 14 or more out of 20 marks received a certificate of merit.

Question 1 (Part A)

Using a range of sources, research the experience of a South Australian service man or woman who served (Navy, Army, Air Force, Nursing or other service duties) during World War 1 and/or World War 2 (maximum 1500 words).

Worth: 15 marks

Marks were awarded as follows:

  • Describe his or her background and life before departing for war (2 marks).
  • Describe his or her service during the relevant World War/s and the circumstances of their death or their life after the war/s (5 marks).
  • 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 the list of references (4 marks).
  • Using evidence drawn from your research, explain how your individual reflected the Anzac Spirit characteristics of perseverance and mateship (4 marks).

Question 2 (Part B)

How did you gather the evidence about your individual in order to tell their story? In your response, explain the process you undertook when researching your individual (maximum 500 words).

Worth: 5 marks

Personal statement

Students were 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.

View previous awardee entries

Visit winning entries on the Virtual War Memorial Australia website to see Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize awardee entries since 2015.

The individuals profiled in these winning entries cannot be submitted again.

More information

If you would like more information or have any questions, email anzacschoolprize@sa.gov.au.

Or contact:

Malcolm McInerney  
Manager, Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize 
Curriculum Programs, Curriculum and Learning Division
Phone: 0401 123 372
Email: malcolm.mcinerney@sa.gov.a

Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize

Emailanzacschoolprize [at] sa.gov.au