ACT Chief Minister's Anzac Spirit Prize 2018

The Prize

As part of the Centenary Commemorations of the 1916 battles on the Western Front, the ACT Government is proud to announce the ACT Chief Minister’s ANZAC Spirit Prize 2018 (Prize).

Up to two winning students, accompanied by two teachers, will represent the Australian Capital Territory (Territory) on a funded study tour of France and Belgium. The group will visit a number of key battlefields on the Western Front, including historic battlefields of France and Belgium where the Australians fought, and Australian war cemeteries and memorials of that region. The group will attend the Centenary of the Battle of Hamel commemorative service. The winning student/s will be considered ambassadors for the Territory and they will promote the ACT Chief Minister’s ANZAC Spirit Prize.

The Prize is open to Territory students enrolled in year 9 or 10 in 2017, who meet the eligibility criteria. Previous applicants for the Prize may re-apply, provided that they have not won the Prize. The Prize is administered by the ACT Education Directorate (Directorate).

Click here for the The Task Flyer pdf icon (790 kb), Student Terms and Conditions word icon (125 kb) and the Student Entry Form word icon (63 kb).

The Task


At 11am on 11 November 1918 the guns fell silent and peace began. Reaction to the Armistice covered the gamut of human emotion.

“... the mood of the soldiers was one of disbelief and sorrow for lost mates, at home there were joyous scenes in all Australian cities and towns in perhaps the greatest outburst of public happiness the nation has ever known.”

(McKernan, M 2009, Momento, National Archives of Australia)

After the initial rejoicing that World War 1 was over, the reality of a people forever changed by war began to unfold.

“I have returned to these:

The farm, and the kindly bush, and the young calves lowing;

But all that my mind sees

Is a quaking bog in a mist - stark snapped trees,

And the dark Somme flowing.”

(Excerpt from The farmer remembers the Somme by Vance Palmer, enlisted AIF, March 1918,

The Task

Compose an original creative response that reflects on the price of war from the perspective of those who served as soldiers in WW1 and those who supported them at home and overseas.

Useful Links

Ideas for Completing Your Creative Response

  • Include copies of photographs or materials you used as stimulus with your completed entry
  • Consider alternative ways of presenting your creative response e.g. include a recording of yourself reading your poem, include visual display with your music composition.

Winners Of the 2017 Act Chief Minister’s Anzac Spirit Prize

Liam Hollis from Canberra High School and Sophie Holloway from Campbell High School are in this photo laying a wreath. They were the two winners of the ACT Chief Minister’s ANZAC Spirit Prize 2017.

Liam Hollis from Canberra High School and Sophie Holloway from Campbell High School were the two winners of the ACT Chief Minister’s ANZAC Spirit Prize 2017. Liam and Sophie submitted very different and unique creative responses to the task set for the 2017 competition and showed a deep understanding of the heroic sacrifices made by Australian soldiers in the defense of France and the enduring bonds forged between the peoples of these two nations.

For photos of the sculpture With a Dash and Determination and the rationale by Liam Hollis see the attachment.

For Sophie’s multi-media presentation When the Australians came to France see link:

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Further Information

Enquiries about the ACT Chief Minister’s ANZAC Spirit Prize 2018 should be directed to the ACT Education Directorate at:

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