QLD High School Students to experience ANZAC Spirit

The Honourable Campbell Newman

Minister for Education, Training and Employment
The Honourable John-Paul Langbroek

QLD High School Students to experience ANZAC Spirit

Premier Campbell Newman and Education Minister John-Paul Langbroek today launched a competition inviting all Queensland high school students to win a chance to experience the ANZAC spirit firsthand.

Premier Campbell Newman said the LNP Government would spend $1 million over three years to send 50 students to ANZAC Cove in Gallipoli and the Western Front.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for five young adults to attend ceremonies marking ANZAC Day at Gallipoli and across the Western Front in 2013 and 2014, culminating in a major delegation of 40 to attend the 2015 centenary commemoration,” Mr Newman said.

“We understand that ANZAC Day is owned by all Australians and recognise that the tradition of respecting the sacrifice of our forefathers must be passed down through the coming generations.

“This is why ongoing education and initiatives like this are so important.”

John-Paul Langbroek, the Minister for Education, Training and Employment said all Queensland High School students will be eligible to enter each year.

“The LNP believes that it is vital our students, the first generations of school children to grow up without a surviving ANZAC, keep the tradition strong,” Mr Langbroek said.

“We want to ensure the Centenary of ANZAC Day in 2015 is as big as Queensland schools can make it as a mark of respect.”

High school students from around the state are invited to develop a multimedia presentation addressing three themes:

·How the ANZAC tradition has shaped our nation;

·Why the ANZAC tradition is still important; and

·How generations will continue to keep the tradition alive.

Applications will open in the first week of Term Three (9-13 July) and close at the end of Term Three (21 September). Winners will be announced by the end of the school year (14 December).

For more information on how to enter please contact the Department of Education and Training on 3237 0661 or email international.services@deta.qld.gov.au