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Simpson Prize winners head to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day

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THE HON PETER GARRETT MP Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth

THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP Minister for Veterans’ Affairs


19 March 2012

Simpson Prize winners head to Gallipoli for ANZAC Day

Eight talented young winners of the 2012 Simpson Prize will travel to Gallipoli to attend this year’s commemorative ANZAC Day services as part of their award.

Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today presented prizes to eight winners and eight runners-up, recognising their outstanding explorations of the ANZAC story through essays and audio visual presentations.

“Around 900 students from Year 9 and 10 entered this year’s popular national competition which honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick,” Mr Garrett said.

“Australians fondly remember Simpson as the man with the donkey, famous for his bravery under fire while rescuing his fellow soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915.”

Winners and runners-up receive a medallion to celebrate their achievements and will take part in a special two-day Canberra study program which includes visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia.

The Gillard Government provided $186,000 in funding for this year’s Simpson Prize and will provide $570,000 for the Prize over the next three years.

Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Warren Snowdon said the theme of this year’s Simpson Prize was about exploring why the commemoration of ANZAC Day has increased in popularity in recent years.

“The First World War, the ANZAC landings at Gallipoli and the battles of the Western Front are a vivid part of Australian history and ANZAC Day is one of our most important national occasions,” Mr Snowdon said.

“The ANZAC legend has become an important part of who we are today, shaping the way we view our history and our future.

“The Gillard Labor Government is committed to ensuring all Australians know and understand the significance of ANZAC Day.”

Mr Garrett said young Australians will learn about ANZAC history as part of the new Australian Curriculum.

“In 2010, state and federal education ministers endorsed the Foundation to Year 10 Australian Curriculum: History, which includes an exploration of ANZAC tradition, the sacrifices made by Australian soldiers and post-World War II efforts to achieve lasting peace in today’s world,” Mr Garrett said.

“Students in Year 9 will have an opportunity to learn about World War I, including Australia’s involvement in Gallipoli and the nature and significance of the ANZAC legend.”

Mr Garrett said the Simpson Prize will continue to foster and showcase high-quality student work which directly aligns to the Australian Curriculum.

“The Gillard Government is committed to raising the quality of Australian history teaching and learning through the Australian Curriculum, which will deliver a consistent and rigorous approach to history education for all Australian students,” Mr Garrett said.

The list of 2012 Simpson Prize winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones is attached.

For more information on the Simpson Prize, visit:

Minister’s Media Contact: Cara Davis 0419 651 730 DEEWR Media: Non-media queries: 1300 363 079



State School Winner

New South Wales San Clemente Maddison Turnbull

Victoria St Kevin’s College Samuel O’Connor

Queensland William Ross State High School Taylor Joppich Western Australia Perth Modern School Eleanor Lau

South Australia Blackfriars Priory School Andrew Tran,

Tasmania The Friends' School Jessica Walch

Northern Territory Palmerston High School Emily Stewart Australian Capital Territory Canberra Girls' Grammar School Phyllida Behm


State School Runner-up

New South Wales Loreto Kirribilli Genevieve D’Netto

Victoria Lyndhurst Secondary College Tasneem Zaytoun

Queensland St Andrew's Catholic College Emma Kearney Western Australia Presbyterian Ladies’ College Adelaide Crossing South Australia Prince Alfred College Declan Sharp

Tasmania St Aloysius Catholic College Kiah Charles

Northern Territory Kormilda College Tamara West

Australian Capital Territory Gold Creek School Lucy Rose Dingwall


State School Selected teacher

New South Wales Loretto Kirribilli Joanne Bleby

Australian Capital Territory Marist College Elizabeth McGinnis