Students value Anzac lesson
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.