Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize


The Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize was first established in 2007. The prize aims to encourage young South Australians to recognise, connect with and maintain the ANZAC spirit.  

Participants in the competition research and write the biography of a serviceperson who served Australia in World War One or Two and explain how they conducted their research.

The competition provides the opportunity for young South Australians to identify, examine, and articulate the nature of commitment and, in many cases, the sacrifices of Australian service men and women in the service of their country during times of conflict. 

Students judged the winners of the competition are taken on an escorted tour of a place associated with Australians at war. Past tours have included:

·         The Western Front (France, Belgium)

·         Korea and Singapore

·         Gallipoli

·         Vietnam (See some of those student reflections here)

·         Darwin

The Virtual War Memorial Australia is a valuable resource for students entering the competition. In 2022, 15 of the 20 winning entries included the VWMA in the bibliographies and 77% of all the entries submitted for judging included the VWMA in their bibliographies. The VWMA is here to offer assistance, please contact us.

Many schools participate in the Schools Program for Years 9 and 10 choosing the best student work to submit for the Premier’s ANZAC Spirit Prize. If you would like to register your school, email us at [email protected]

Term 1 School Holiday Workshop - the VWMA is providing research assistance for students entering the Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize. Tuesday 18th April 9:00am - 12:30 pm. Memorial Hall, ANZAC House, Torrens Parade Grounds. BYO own device. Session is free. For bookings go to

Go to the 2023 Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize website for competition entry requirements and to check the list of servicepeople formerly the subject of a winning entry who cannot be researched again.

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