Schools Program


Students: are you looking for help with your school work or the Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize? See our Resources for Students page and our Anzac Spirit Prize page; these are also useful for students outside SA. If you can’t find what you need, or you want more help, feel free to email me at


Teachers: if you’re looking for help, see our Resources for Teachers page. If you’re interested in running our Research Portfolio in your class, check out the video above and email us at or call on 0419 620 297. Feel free to get in contact if you can’t find what you need: I'm here to help teachers and students.

Keep an eye out for new resources as they appear; they will be advertised on our social media channels, so make sure you follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

See our recorded Professional Learning event from 28 April 2021, The Teachers’ Guide to the World Wars in the classroom. Watch experienced teachers show how they implement the VWMA Schools Program in practice.

If you're looking for material for Anzac Day or Remembrance Day events at your school, see our Collections menu. The existing VP Day material is a useful model now and will be expanded in the future to cover other commemorative events.


I am available for school visits in South Australia. I am also available to provide support by email ( or phone (0419 620 297).

And check out our Resources pages: new items are being uploaded all the time. The registration process is easy and takes about a minute. Resources include:

- An online-only research task for any of your students working from home, which requires minimal input from teachers. This is designed for those of you who have many absent students.
- A small-group research task, to be run in a single lesson, which introduces students to using primary documents.
- And a document explaining medals awarded to Australians in the World Wars.

David Rafferty
Schools Program Manager


The Virtual War Memorial Schools Program helps teachers and students at all levels learn about Australians who served in war.

It is a partnership between the Department for Education (SA) and the Virtual War Memorial Australia. The partnership has been built around the use of the Virtual War Memorial for teaching and learning relating specifically to the Australian Curriculum: History in Years 9 and 10, and Civics and Citizenship at Year 10.

There are, however, opportunities for all teachers to be involved with our work.

In addition to teachers of HASS, teachers of Research Project and Research Practices, English, Aboriginal Studies, Community Studies, Cross-Disciplinary Studies, Modern History, Society and Culture, and Women’s Studies may find our site helpful for their students.

Teachers of these subjects may also like to join our community of practice and take part in our professional learning events.

We also welcome involvement by primary school teachers.

How can you be involved?

There are many ways that you and your students can work with the Virtual War Memorial as part of our Schools Program.

You and your students can be both users of the site and contributors to the site.

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?

To join the program or to find out more, please email us: You can also follow us on Facebook @VWMASchoolsProgram and on Twitter @VWMASchools.


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

Adelaide Hills Collective
Lobethal, Adelaide Hills - South Australia, Australia
Cardijn College
Noarlunga, Onkaparinga - South Australia, Australia
Central Yorke School
Maitland, Yorke Peninsula - South Australia, Australia
Investigator College
Victor Harbor, Fleurieu Peninsula - South Australia, Australia
John Pirie Secondary School
Port Pirie, Port Pirie City and Dists - South Australia, Australia
Loxton High School
Loxton (SA), Loxton Waikerie - South Australia, Australia
Mark Oliphant College
Munno Para West, Playford - South Australia, Australia
Modbury High School
Modbury, Tea Tree Gully - South Australia, Australia
Orroroo Area School
Orroroo, Orroroo/Carrieton - South Australia, Australia
Port Augusta Secondary School
Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia

At the heart of the Schools Program is the Research Portfolio. In this learning unit, each student is given a serviceperson to research. The student uses the publicly-available online sources to find out about that person and tell their true story. They upload the fruits of their research to the VWMA, which makes 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.

If that is not for you, we provide other learning activities which can easily be added to an existing unit, and which will enrich your students' experience of studying History.

We also provide many resources and activities for classroom use – worksheets, guides for researchers, instructions for teachers etc. These are continually updated and can be found on our Resources for Students and Resources for Teachers pages. See also our search pages on Units, Memorials and Places, as well as our useful introductions to the conflicts themselves and their associated battles and campaigns.
To join the program or to find out more, please email us: