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Anzac and Education

ANZAC Day resources, grants and competitions

Education activities

The 2016 ANZAC Day education resource Here they come: A day to remember has been sent to schools. The resource, for lower primary students, provides opportunities to examine the significance of ANZAC Day and how it is commemorated. The resource also supports students to examine perspectives held by different people about how they view Anzac Day. The publication is supported by educational materials that align to the Australian Curriculum: Humanities and Social Sciences.

Further information is available on the 100 Years of Anzac website External Link.

The ANZAC Portal displays a range of resources, including educational activities highlighting significant anniversaries of battles in which many Australians lost their lives on the Western Front. Visit the 100 Years of Anzac website External Link to access a range of resources.


The Anzac Day Schools’ Awards are designed to encourage initiative and creativity in the way that schools commemorate Anzac Day, with an emphasis on inventiveness balanced with tradition. For an Anzac Day Schools’ Awards Information Pack, please call a Commemorations Officer on 133 254 or email [email protected] .

Opening date for 2017: January 2017

Closing date for 2017: Friday 26 May 2017

Entry details, information about prizes and how entries are judged, and contact information is available on the 100 Years of Anzac website External Link.

The National History Challenge is a research-based competition for students. It gives students a chance to be an historian – researching world history, examining Australia’s past, investigating their community and exploring their own roots. It emphasises and rewards quality research, the use of community resources and effective presentation. The theme for 2016 is “Triumph or tragedy”.

Closing date is Friday 26 August 2016.

Advice about accessing an Information kit, entry requirments and contacts can be found on the History Challenge website .

The Simpson Prize is a research-based competition open to students in Years 9 and 10. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia. The question for the 2017 Simpson Prize Question is:

“The experience of Australian soldiers on the Western Front in 1916 has been largely overlooked in accounts of World War One.” To what extent would you argue that battles such as Fromelles and Pozieres should feature more prominently in accounts of World War One?

Winners will travel to Canberra and Turkey in 2017 and take part in the commemorative ANZAC Day ceremonies.

Closing date is Friday 11 November 2016.

Further information can be found on the Simpson Prize website .

The Premier’s Anzac Prize

The Premier’s Anzac Prize (the Prize) offers selected students a trip to Gallipoli and the Western Front each year. For more information on the Prize, please go to The Premier’s Anzac Prize webpage .

Anzac Day Commemoration Committee

The charter of the Anzac Day Commemoration Committee External Link (ADCC) is to commemorate our fallen heroes and to honour our surviving veterans. The committee manages a number of events and activities which schools and students can get involved in as outlined below:

Students’ Anzac Commemoration Ceremony, Anzac Square, Brisbane
This annual ceremony is conducted specifically for school students and has been designed to encourage the highest level of student participation.

Purchase of Anzac Day merchandise for all schools External Link – Visit this site for:

  • the purchase of a range of merchandise for schools including books and badges
  • ADCC Queensland Remembers program
  • School Memorial Plaque program

Commemoration activities External Link
Information on a range of community and school activities.

Just Soldiers External Link
Stories of ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things in time of war.

Anzac Centenary projects

The Anzac Centenary Unit, The Australian War Memorial (AWM) and The Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) have launched various initiatives to mark 100 years since our nation’s involvement in the war. Similarly, the State Library of Queensland has numerous initiatives relating to the Anzac centenary.

Anzac Centenary

The Anzac Centenary External Link website details the latest news, governance, events and grants regarding the Anzac Centenary during 2014-2018.

Anzac Centenary Queensland

The Queensland Government encourages Queenslanders to commemorate the service and sacrifice of men and women during the First World War. For information regarding events and projects, please visit the Anzac Centenary Queensland External Link website.

The Australian War Memorial (AWM)

Primary school students can get involved in the Roll of Honour Soundscape project. Through the Remember Me voice recording application students can record the name and age of the 62,000 Australians who died during the First World War. These voice recordings will be played in the First World War section of the Cloisters in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area.

The Commemorative Crosses Project involves Australian school children writing messages of hope and thanks on small wooden crosses. The AWM will arrange for crosses to be laid throughout the Centenary 2014-2018 on overseas war graves and memorials where Australian servicemen and women are buried. You can see more information about this initiative via their webpage or via the photographs of the Commemorative Crosses Project.

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA)

The Anzac Portal External Link: Education and Community Awareness for the Anzac Centenary 2014-2018 is a resource for those wishing to learn more about Australia’s experience of war. Students and teachers can utilise the educational resources External Link, school based competitions External Link and curriculum units External Link developed by the DVA.

Comprehensive resource packs of publications and classroom materials from the DVA have already been distributed to all primary and secondary schools around Australia. These resources are also available in electronic format via the portal External Link.

To encourage involvement in the Anzac Centenary, the DVA has also created the Anzac Centenary Facebook Photo app. The photo app is accessible via the official Anzac Centenary facebook page and provides users with the opportunity to show their commemorative experiences.

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