The count down - Simpson Prize 2013
It is that time of year again when the most important day of commemoration for Australians looms closer. ANZAC Day, our time to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of Australians, is likely to have direct and indirect meaning for most Australians. It is a time that reminds us of how a nation viewed itself and what our nation wanted to be but it’s also a time for us to look at our past and try and understand its influence and context today.
For eight very deserving young Australian students, this ANZAC Day will give them the opportunity to walk the paths, climb the rugged hills and stand in the shadows of those original ANZACs as they travel with me to Turkey. These students have looked at our history and engaged with it, they have thought about ANZAC and its meaning both then and now and all written fantastic essays. These students; are the winners of the Simpson Prize a national student essay writing competition. I, the students and two teachers will travel to Turkey for an experience which we hope will leave a lasting impact and help cement the importance of this part of our history and the value of historical study for ever.
This blog will be a chance for you to follow their journey as they learn about Turkish culture, the history of the region and as they immerse themselves in the experience of Gallipoli. The journey will begin for us on the 17th of April as we start the long but exciting journey to Turkey. Each afternoon (Turkish time) we will endeavour to blog about our days activities and let you share in this unique experience. Along the way you will hear from all the winners, in their own words, about what this trip means and the experiences of each day. Laugh with us, cry with us and be part of this unique experience.
If you would like to know more about the prize read the winning essays or find out how you, your child, your students or you as a teacher can enter please follow this link www.simpsonprize.org.
Stuart Baines – Education Manager, Australian War Memorial