Joint Media Release with Country Liberals Candidate for Solomon Kathy Ganley
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, and CLP Candidate for Solomon, Kathy Ganley, are pleased to announce schools in Palmerston and Darwin have been successful in this year’s Anzac Day Schools’ Awards for their projects commemorating the service and sacrifice of our veterans over the past century.
“I would like to congratulate Durack School in Palmerston for their exceptional entry into the Anzac Day Schools’ competition that saw them awarded the NT winner of the Primary School Category as well as the Best Anzac Centenary Learning special category,” Senator Scullion said.
“The submission from students at Durack involved extensive engagement with current and ex-serving members and veterans that provided strategic information that assisted with the creation of their diorama. The judges were really impressed with the extent of students learning through the construction of the diorama and the interactions with current and ex-serving members and veterans.”
“Durack School has won $3000 in prize money along with certificates and plaques for their terrific achievements.”
Mrs Ganley congratulated O’Loughlin Catholic College in Karama for being named NT winner of the secondary school category and taking home $2000 prize money to go with their certificate and plaque.
“O’Loughlin Catholic College’s entry required students to focus on their understanding of Anzac Day and their photography competition was a thought-provoking project that allowed students to share their ideas about Anzac Day. They also held a service which had a display from the Darwin Military Museum and ran a big bike challenge, which the judges thought fostered awareness of the resilience and hardship experienced by the Anzacs,” Mrs Ganley said.
“I also wish to congratulate Larrakeyah Primary School on being named the NT runner-up in the primary school category and they will receive $500 in prize money. As chair of the Larrakeyah Primary School Board I am naturally delighted that the school’s project has been recognised. I congratulate all schools in Darwin and Palmerston who put in a submission with the most important outcome, learning and commemorating the service and sacrifice of the ANZACS for us, and our country.
“Larrakeyah’s entry provided extensive activities for students to learn about the meaning of Anzac Day. They created a memorial that allowed students to learn about the importance of symbols of commemoration; as did wreath and slouch hat making activities. The judges made special mention of their photo memorial walk, saying it was a lovely, original idea and a great way for students to relate to the Anzac diggers.”
Senator Scullion said entries for the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards are open to all Australian primary and secondary schools, with each school eligible to submit one entry. Schools this year submitted a range of entries, including a mix of comprehensive research, dance, art, poetry and reflective writing.
“The Anzac Day Schools’ Awards is a fantastic initiative to encourage participating students to gain a strong understanding of the significance of Anzac Day and the importance of commemoration.”
“The Awards are instrumental to instilling respect for our wartime history and promoting the importance of Anzac Day for future generations,” Senator Scullion said.
“They ensure students across the nation have an informed understanding of the service and sacrifice of our service men and women throughout a Century of Service.”
For more information on the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards and other educational material, visit The Anzac Portal.