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Spirit of the ANZACS – An Opportunity for Secondary Students

19 August 2015

Leader of The Nationals and Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh has encouraged local Year 9 and 10 students to apply for the 2015-16 Premier’s Spirit of ANZAC Prize.

“Following the fantastic support of ANZAC Day commemorative services across the Murray Plains Electorate, it is timely to encourage local students to make the most of this meaningful opportunity,” Mr Walsh said.

“The Premier’sSpirit of ANZAC Prize encourages young people to question what the ANZAC spirit means today in a diverse and multicultural Australia.  Students can submit essays, artwork, musical compositions, and audio or video packages as part of their presentations” he said.

Mr Walsh said the prize is open to all Victorian school students in Year 9 and 10 and that state finalists will have the opportunity to travel on an all-expenses paid overseas European study tour of Gallipoli and the Western Front to reflect upon the spirit of those brave Australians who gave their lives at war.

In addition, 16 regional finalists will participate in a study tour to Canberra, where they will visit the Australian War Memorial..

Applications close on Friday September 18 2015.   For more information or to apply online, visit

“Since its inception in 2004, this important prize has captured the imagination of students eager to learn more about Australia’s service history and has provided them with the opportunity to see first-hand where Australian men and women sacrificed so much for future generations,” Mr Walsh said.




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