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Congratulations to Year 10 student Matthew Boyd who spent part of the October school holidays on an 11-day study tour of Darwin and the upper Northern Territory as one of 15 awardees from schools throughout South Australia of the 2021 The Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize. The study tour was originally scheduled for the April school holidays but was delayed until the October school holidays because of COVID-19.

The Premier’s Anzac Spirit School Prize provides young South Australians with the opportunity to examine and empathise with the remarkable sacrifices of South Australian servicemen and servicewomen during the 20th century. Year 9 and 10 students were required to research and write about the experience of a South Australian serviceman or servicewoman who served during World War 1 and/or World War 2. The Premier personally awarded the winning students with their certificates at a ceremony in September 2021.

Awardees, with six supervisors including two teachers and an RSL representative, undertook the tour that is fully funded by the South Australian government. Awardees learnt about the Japanese air attack on Darwin on 19 February 1942 and commemorated the loss of life on that day at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. They also visited several war and military museums in Darwin and Katherine in addition to enjoying recreational visits to Kakadu, Arnhem Land, the Litchfield National Park and around Darwin.
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