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ANZAC spirit lives on among young Australians to remind us who we are.



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ANZAC SPIRIT LIVES ON AMONG YOUNG AUSTRALIANS TO REMIND US WHO WE ARE

18 March 2003 MIN 306/03

I am pleased to announce the eight talented young winners of the 2003 Simpson Prize which encourages school students to consider what ANZAC Day means to them and to Australia.

Almost 2,000 Year 9 and 10 students entered this national essay competition, writing eloquently about the ANZAC spirit and how it continues to influence our way of life.

Now in its fourth year, the competition honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick ‘the man with the donkey’, whose compassionate bravery in rescuing soldiers under fierce fire at Gallipoli personifies this spirit.

A number of this year’s winning essays have linked Simpson’s compassionate heroism to the courage displayed by many Australians in the wake of the Bali bombings last October.

Western Australian winner Ella Merewether, wrote:

"Peter Hughes received the worst of his injuries when he returned to Paddy’s Bar to help two women who were on fire. We need to look no further than the selflessness and bravery of Peter Hughes and hundreds like him to see that the ANZAC spirit is truly alive and well."

The Commonwealth has provided $169,000 in funding, which includes sending winning students (one from each State and Territory) and two accompanying teachers to Gallipoli in April, to attend the dawn service and other memorial activities.

The State and Territory runners-up will join the winners in Canberra in March for a two-day educational excursion to the Australian War Memorial and Parliament House.

I warmly congratulate all the winners and runners up and thank them for their thoughtful essays. Their work reflects a deep and lasting connection between this generation of

young Australians and those that came before them - a generation whose sacrifices provided the foundation for the values and freedoms we all enjoy today.

Angie Claridge, the great-granddaughter of the last Gallipoli veteran, Alec Campbell, will accompany the students at the Gallipoli dawn service as a guest of the Commonwealth Government.

Please find attached the list of the prize-winners and runners up and contact details.

For further information:

Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034

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ANZAC SPIRIT LIVES ON AMONG YOUNG AUSTRALIANS TO REMIND US WHO WE ARE - Attachment

Simpson Prize 2003 Winners

To contact students and obtain a copy of their essay please phone Mike Rowland (History Teachers’ Association of Australia) on: 03 9419-9622 or 0408 397 104

Student School

Matt Sherman Canberra Grammar School

Ashleigh Peters Hurlstone Agricultural. High School

Elizabeth Haldane Bairnsdale Secondary College

Jo Sampford Somerville House

Ashlea Carr Mount Barker High School

Ella Merewether Bunbury Catholic College

Rachel Boyd Reece High School

Camille Gordon Nightcliff High School

Runners-up

Student School

Adam Collins Canberra Grammar School

Tyson Smith Shore School

Lauren Prest Brauer College

Sally Wegner Gympie State High School

Kimberley Heenan Wilderness School

Chad Vindin Newton Moore Senior High School

Kara Chalson Clarence High School

Accompanying Teachers

Teacher School

Norman Paini Morley Senior High School

Joanne Cameron The Gap State High School

For further information: Dr Nelson’s Office: Ross Hampton 0419 484 095

Dept of Education, Science & Training: Laila Lacis 0412 040 034