Schools Program


About the program

The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program helps teachers and students at all levels learn about Australians who served in our nation's defence.

In partnership with the Department for Education (SA), the Schools Program is designed around the use of the Virtual War Memorial for teaching and learning the Australian Curriculum: History in Years 9 and 10, and Civics and Citizenship at Year 10.

Additionally, the Schools Program also supports teachers and students in Research Project and Research Practices, English, Aboriginal Studies, Community Studies, Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Modern History, Society and Culture, Women’s Studies and more.

We also offer Professional Development opportunities and professional networking.

How can you be involved?

There are many ways that schools can work with the Virtual War Memorial as part of our Schools Program.

  • - Register your school or class to participate in the Serviceperson Profile Research Task
  • - Have our qualified staff attend a session in your class
  • - Enter the VWMA Awards competition
  • - Bookmark and use our free, online resources for students and teachers
  • - Connect with us for research support
  • - Attend Professional Development opportunities
  • - Follow our socials – Instagram, Facebook, Twitter


Don’t forget - parents and local community members can also register on the site and contribute to our work. Why not let them know via your school newsletter or Facebook page?


Like to learn more? Simply watch our quick guide presentation - (5mins)

To join the program or to find out more, please email us: [email protected]


The Schools Program offered to South Australian Schools is proudly supported by a grant provided by the Government of South Australia, Department for Education.

Participating Schools

Blackwood High School
Blackwood, Mitcham - South Australia, Australia
Central Yorke School
Maitland, Yorke Peninsula - South Australia, Australia
Charles Campbell College
Paradise, Campbelltown - South Australia, Australia
Coomandook Area School
Coomandook, The Coorong - South Australia, Australia
Ipswich Grammar School
Ipswich, Queensland, Australia
Kildare College
Holden Hill, Tea Tree Gully - South Australia, Australia
Nuriootpa High School
Nuriootpa, Barossa - South Australia, Australia
Southern Montessori
O'Sullivan Beach, Onkaparinga - South Australia, Australia
St Francis de Sales College
Mount Barker, Adelaide Hills - South Australia, Australia
St Peter's Girls' School
Stonyfell, Burnside - South Australia, Australia

At the heart of the Schools Program is the Serviceperson Profile and
Biography Research Task.

In this portfolio, each student is given a serviceperson to research. The student uses online resources to tell their person’s true story. The research is then uploaded to the VWMA, making a permanent contribution to the historical record - and to the serviceperson's family. It is an engaging and authentic research task which transforms students into historians. 

Additionally, the Schools Program provides learning activities and resources which can easily be added to an existing unit, enriching your students' experience of studying History. These are continually updated and can be found on our Resources for Students and Resources for Teachers pages.
To join the program or to find out more, please email us: [email protected]