The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) is proud to host the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards. This national competition is now open and recognises the work of students, teachers and schools to engage with veterans and honour Australia’s wartime history.

To encourage student participation and a deeper understanding of this year’s theme, schools are encouraged to develop interactive learning experiences as an alternative to school assemblies and speeches for entries in 2022.

The theme for 2022 is ‘Engaging with veterans: Stories of peacekeeping’ as part of the 75th anniversary of Australian peacekeeping operations this year.

Your entry must focus on Australian veterans and their involvement in peacekeeping. Your submission can be from a class, a year level or the whole school.

This theme enables students to discover personal stories and take part in commemorative activities to honour the service and sacrifice of peacekeepers.

Entries close at 5 pm AEST Thursday 30 June 2022. More information at //anzacportal.dva.gov.au/research-education/competitions/anzac-day-schools-awards

Let loose your students’ creativity.

Ideas for your school’s entry:

  • A podcast to share with other year levels.
  • A museum exhibition design for a gallery walk or virtual tour.
  • A video chronicling the life and contributions of an Australian peacekeeper.
  • A website to share student investigations.
  • A class artwork, mural, garden or memorial to reflect an aspect of peacekeeping and commemoration.

Want help with your research? Use our resources:

You can also visit the Australian War Memorial website for photographs, articles and archival footage.

Past winning entries have included student-created videos, websites, plays, debates, murals and memorials. Every year we are amazed at the creativity, dedication to the theme and respectful contributions from students and teachers.

Learn more about Australia’s peacekeeping missions since 1947.

Now is the time to start preparing your entry in this year’s awards