The 2016 Premier’s ANZAC Spirit School Prize

The Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize provides the opportunity for a small number of students and two teachers to attend a fully-funded two-week study tour to France and Belgium for centenary commemoration activities on the Western Front during July 2016.

The students will be led on the tour by a coordinator from the Department for Education and Child Development and accompanied by a representative of the SA Branch of the Returned and Services League of Australia (RSL-SA).

The competition is open to all students in South Australia studying year 9 or 10 in Term 4, 2015 and Term 1, 2016.

For detailed information about the competition see The ANZAC Spirit School Prize competition information 175.1 KB.

How to enter

Using a range of sources, students must complete an assignment about the ANZAC spirit of Australian servicemen and women who served on the Western Front during World War 1.

Closing date

Entries close 5.00 pm on Friday, 1 April 2016 - late entries will not be accepted. Schools may conduct a school based competition to decide which four entries will be submitted.

Assignment overview

Students are required to respond to the following task:

'Much has been written about how service men and women in World War 1 typified the Anzac Spirit. Using a range of sources, describe the journey of a South Australian man or woman who served on the Western Front during World War 1.'

In doing so you are required to conduct research that will enable you to:

  1. Describe their background before departing for the war (2 marks).
  2. Describe their life and service on the Western Front (4 marks).
  3. Explain to what extent their service reflects the ANZAC spirit (7 marks).
  4. Explain the impact of their service on families and communities left behind in South Australia (3 marks).
  5. Use a range of sources which may include photos, maps, artefacts, diary entries and archival materials (4 marks).

The response can be in one of the following formats:

  • a written piece (between 1000 to 1500 words, presented as a typed document and as an electronic copy on a USB)
  • a video presentation (a maximum of 6 minutes - submit on a DVD or USB)
  • a digital program (submit on a DVD or USB)
  • a web page (submit on a DVD or USB)
  • an audio presentation (submit on a DVD or USB).

Assignment resources

RSL Virtual War Memorial
Returned Services League (RSL South Australian Branch)
Veterans SA
Australian War Memorial
National Archives of Australia
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Department of Veterans' Affairs

Promotional materials

The ANZAC Spirit poster can be printed to display in your school or community group.

ANZAC spirit school prize poster 339.8 KB


Mr Malcolm McInerney
Premier's ANZAC Spirit Student Prize Application
Level 5, Education Centre
31 Flinders Street,
Adelaide SA 5000

Phone - 8226 2154
Email -

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