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Anzac Day in schools.

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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Monday, 5 April 2004


The Member for Mallee, John Forrest, today encouraged students in the Mallee electorate to take part in a competition to recognise the efforts of schools in honouring the Anzac spirit.

“The Anzac Day Schools’ Activities Awards are an Australian Government initiative, to support schools in developing innovative ways to commemorate the Anzac tradition and learn about the importance of Australia’s wartime heritage,” Mr Forrest said.

“The awards are open to primary and secondary schools and are judged on the research undertaken, the understanding of Anzac Day and the involvement of local veterans and Australian Defence Force members.

“I encourage students to take this opportunity to discover the Anzac spirit through activities such as talking to local veterans, memorial services, dramatic performances and creative presentations such as a photo essay.”

The awards are funded under the Australian Government's commemorations program Saluting Their Service, which aims to educate younger Australians about our wartime heritage and its importance in the development of our nation.

“Schools have the option to enter class or whole school activities and every school that enters will receive a certificate acknowledging their participation. The winners of the primary and secondary school category for Victoria will receive $500 and a commemorative plaque to display in their school.”

“The Victorian winners will also go into the national judging with the ultimate winner receiving an additional $1000 and a commemorative plaque.

The Anzac Day Schools’ Activities Awards entry forms can be accessed via the Department of Veterans’ Affairs Internet site - Entries close 28 May 2004.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407