Territory students recognised in prestigious history awards

Joint Media Release with Minister For Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Two Northern Territory students have been recognised in Canberra today for their outstanding entry to a prestigious national history competition.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today announced Katherine High School Year 10 Student Charlotte Pickering as the winner for the Northern Territory in the 2018 Simpson Prize. Palmerston’s MacKillop Catholic College Year 10 Student Caitlin Burt was the NT runner-up.

“The Simpson Prize is an annual national competition, supported by the Coalition Government, that focuses on the significance of Anzac Day and the Anzac tradition,” Senator Scullion said.

“Charlotte and Caitlin’s entries examined whether 1917 was the worst year of the Great War for Australia and Australians.

“Their entries were just two of just 16 selected from 1134 entries from Year 9 and 10 students across Australia and they should be very proud of their achievement.”

Charlotte and Caitlin have travelled to Canberra where they would today be presented with their award from and had the opportunity to visit a number of cultural institutions.

“Charlotte will soon depart for Europe where they will attend Anzac commemorations and visit the scene of key World War One battlefields.

“I have no doubt Charlotte will be an outstanding ambassador for Katherine High School and for the Northern Territory and this will be a life-changing experience for them.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham congratulated Charlotte and Caitlin for their dedication, effort and curiosity they were applying to the study of history.

“The Simpson Prize is an important way to ensure Australia’s history is recognised by current year 9 and 10 students and future generations, Minister Birmingham said.”

“All of today’s winners have shown themselves to be excellent young historians with a detailed, well researched and sophisticated understanding of this important part of Australia’s history.

“That’s why the Turnbull Government has committed $606,000 over three years to the History Teachers’ Association of Australia to manage the Simpson Prize.”