Stu­dents value An­zac les­son

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

IT­WAS A 28-minute pre­sen­ta­tion that won Biggen­den State School an award of ex­cep­tional com­mit­ment to Aus­tralia’s wartime his­tory.

Prin­ci­pal Ros Rack­e­mann said a lot of hard work had gone into the sub­mis­sion to the De­part­ment of Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs.

The school’s ef­fort meant that Queens­land fin­ished run­ner-up in the se­condary school cat­e­gory of the An­zac Day Schools’ Award.

“Spe­cial men­tion must be made of teach­ers Ge­off Parker and Jenny-Wykamp who turned four hours of video from the school ser­vice, which in­cluded a visit by the 5th Light Horse Gympie Troop, as well as the town’s ser­vice into a 28-minute pre­sen­ta­tion,” she said.

“This is just a huge hon­our.

“I feel very proud of what we have done – it is a real coup.”

Pre­sent­ing the award and $500 prize money for their out­stand­ing en­try, Flynn MP Ken O’Dowd told the stu­dents they should be proud.

“I was here with you for your An­zac Day ser­vice and I went away with fond mem­o­ries of what you had put into your cel­e­bra­tions on that day,” he said.

“To­day is a day to cel­e­brate.

“You re­ally have served your coun­try proudly.”

Vet­er­ans’ Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Se­na­tor Michael Ron­ald­son, said the An­zac Day Schools’ Award

Ros Rack­e­mann: I feel very proud of what we have done – it is a real coup

com­pe­ti­tion recog­nised the ex­cep­tional in­no­va­tive learn­ing that was oc­cur­ring in our schools and the im­por­tance of com­mem­o­rat­ing our wartime his­tory.

Mrs Rack­e­mann said chil­dren of to­day val­ued learn­ing about our war his­tory more than stu­dents of the past.

Queens­land’s se­condary win­ner was St Ur­sula’s at Yep­poon, a school of al­most 400 stu­dents from years 8–12.

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