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THE Cun­na­mulla Li­brary is giv­ing two stu­dents the chance to win an An­zac day ex­pe­ri­ence, as part of their an­nual An­zac Day com­pe­ti­tion.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open to stu­dents from years 5 to 10, who are in­ter­ested to learn more about the world wars and the brave sol­diers who fought in them.

Win­ners of the com­pe­ti­tion will be flown to Bris­bane to at­tend the dawn ser­vice and watch the An­zac Day pro­ces­sions, cour­tesy of Qan­tas.

The trip also in­cludes a four-night stay at the Novo­tel Bris­bane Air­port Ho­tel, with the win­ners en­joy­ing day trips to the State Li­brary’s An­zac ex­hi­bi­tion and the QRL, as well as tak­ing part in a mys­tery sur­prise day or­gan­ised by HMAS More­ton Naval Base.

To top off the trip, the win­ners will be taken to see the mu­si­cal Aladdin at the Queens­land Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre.

Com­pe­ti­tion or­gan­iser and li­brary man­ager Tammy Hickey said the trip was “to bet­ter ed­u­cate chil­dren on the im­por­tance of the An­zac legacy”.

“The An­zacs are not in the cur­ricu­lum to the de­gree it was when I was at school,” Ms Hickey said.

“This year we’ve had kids that have been so ex­cited about it, they have come straight from school to the li­brary to work on their projects.”

To be el­i­gi­ble for the prize, stu­dents have to com­plete a se­ries of An­zac-re­lated tasks.

The con­tenders have to se­lect an An­zac sol­dier from the li­brary’s hon­our board and then write a half-page es­say on their sub­ject, to be in­cluded with a “what An­zac Day means to me” es­say.

The chil­dren also have to re­cite In Flan­ders Field and an­swer a se­ries of ques­tions on the world wars.

“The chil­dren thor­oughly en­joyed it last year, they couldn’t be­lieve it when they got to meet the Pre­mier and the Gov­er­nor, they were so ex­cited,” Ms Hickey said.

“They learnt a lot about the An­zacs from the trip; they ab­sorbed the in­for­ma­tion like sponges.”

More in­for­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion and en­tries is avail­able at the Cun­na­mulla Li­brary.


AN HON­OUR: Last year’s win­ners Todd Brain and Pop­pie Collins, with Tammy Hickey, meet­ing the Gov­er­nor.

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