For more information about the 2021 Premier's Anzac Spirit School Prize, click here
The Premier's ANZAC Spirit School Prize was first established in 2007 by the SA State Government at the suggestion of, and in association with, the SA Branch of the RSL. The prize aims to encourage young South Australians to recognise, connect with and maintain the ANZAC spirit.
From 2007- 2013 prizewinners visited locations particular to their study and participated in the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ieper, Belgium, a community commemoration at Dernancourt in France and at the Dawn Service on ANZAC Day at the Australian National War Memorial at Villers-Bretonneux in northern France.
In 2014, the prizewinners visited Singapore and Korea with a focus on WW II and the Korean conflict. In 2015, 22 students travelled to Gallipoli to take part in the historic ANZAC Centenary Dawn Service.
In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, winning students travelled to Vietnam. The 2019 students were escorted by the VWMA's own Robert Kearney, on his first journey back to the country since his second tour of duty in 1971. See some of those student reflections here.
The competition associated with the tour 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.
In addition to the entries that you can read online via the Virtual War Memorial site, you can find more entries online at Veterans SA : Prize winning entries