Winners of the Defence 2010 Participation Task

Once again this year the entries were well researched, thoughtful and innovative in approach and presentation.
Click on the links of the national winners below to see for yourself.

thomas Guthrie

St Edmund's College, ACT

Thomas profiled a person he very much respects – Major Neville Marsh – who has acted a mentor to Thomas and a friend to his family. Thomas sees the spirit of ANZAC in the service of Major Marsh to his country and through his work in the local community.

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Adam Ryan

Darwin High School, NT

Weary Dunlop is synonymous with the spirit of ANZAC and Adam does a great job recounting the life and times of Sir Edward. He sums it all up by saying ‘Weary was a man who through his compassion and devotion to his men displayed all of the qualities of the ANZAC spirit. Many think his actions should have earned him a Victoria Cross but it was never approved.’

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Angela Taljaard &
Michael Weinand

St Ives High School, NSW

Their entry is a wonderful visual tribute to LCPL Jared MacKinney, 6th Battalion Afghanistan. On 24 August 2010 his patrol was engaged by Taliban insurgents. The battle raged for three hours and Jared was tragically shot and killed. Tributes flowed for this great young Australian. You must watch this moving tribute and portrait of the ANZAC spirit.

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Emily Batista

Maleny State High School, QLD

Emily composed a lengthy, detailed and moving poem based on events in World War 1. It is through the eyes of a veteran and demonstrates many different values from a very different perspective. Emily hopes her poem will ‘draw a picture for the reader and help show the heart-ache, loss, gore, longing and emotional problems the soldiers had to face’.

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Bella Siljuk

Nambour Chistian College, QLD

Bella chose to examine some of the symbols and rituals of ANZAC Day to find the values of the spirit of ANZAC. She explained the significance of the Reveille and Last Post and questioned whether in fact the observance of ANZAC Day is in some ways a civil religion. One thing is for certain – ‘commemorative rituals on ANZAC Day definitely unify local communities and honour those who fought in wars’.

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Logan Steinhardt

Brisbane Adventist Academy, QLD

Logan wrote a great poem entitled War is Real – Not a Game! It is about a young boy showing his grandad his new computer game and trying to be just like he was. Granddad helps Jimmy understand that war is real and not a game.

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Jason Byrne

Reynella East High School, SA

Jason focused on three key values of the ANZAC spirit – courage, mateship and equality. He argued that although these values are epitomised by the likes of Trooper Mark Donaldson VC and Private Jim Martin (the youngest Australian to die at Gallipoli), they are not uniquely Australian. Jason highlighted the career of 2nd Lieutenant Carwood Lipton, American Airborne Division as evidence of this.

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Dion Anderson

Reynella East High School, SA

‘To Gallipoli and Back – the life and times of William Wesley Tiller’ is dedicated to Gene Cheatle who helped Dion with his research and to all who have died in the name of our country. Dion traces William’s life through trench warfare at Gallipoli, frontline battles in France, raising a family during the Great Depression, homefront service in World War II until his passing on his own farmland at the age of 73.

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Madeleine Tregilgas

Murraylands Christian School, SA

In her Power Point presentation Madeleine explored some of the symbols of ANZAC and the ADF and then profiled Jodie Clark, a member of the ADF for 22 years and currently serving with the UN in Gaza. Jodie’s brave actions in clearing a bomb from a streetscape in December 2009 epitomises for Madeleine, the spirit of ANZAC.

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Amy-JaYne Smith

Penguin High School, TAS

Amy-Jayne’s essay discusses whether the spirit of ANZAC is myth or reality and asks whether it has relevance today. She concludes that it does and especially so to young Australians. She believes that the people like General Peter Cosgrove have done a lot to keep the spirit alive.

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Shannon Hunt

Kings Meadow High School, TAS

Shannon’s essay and audio file (Apex Public Speaking competition) profiles the military career of Harry Murray VC who served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front receiving a total of 9 medals for service and valour. Harry epitomised the ANZAC spirit in all but two ways – he was a very serious person as opposed to the larrikin stereotype, and he was a non-drinker.

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Edward Pitt

New Town High School, TAS

In his essay Edward stated that ‘rarely do people think about those who spread the word and helped create the legend’. He set about rectifying this showing how war correspondents like Charles Bean, Phillip Schuler, Charles Smith, Sir Keith Murdoch and Ashmead-Bartlett worked in dangerous situations to enlighten Australian and New Zealand readers about the war effort.

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Isabelle Patch

Hilliard Christian School, TAS

It’s always great when a student delves into her own family history. Isabelle has done this in a very moving way. Each year she attends the dawn service and remembers someone who was never able to do this – Francis Edward Patch – her great, great uncle. She has collected his enlistment papers, medals, ‘dead penny’, photo of the ship on which he embarked and notice of conspicuous service published in the London Gazette.

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Jasmin Shearer

Bothwell District High School, TAS

Jasmin’s essay focuses on a famous name – Simpson. But her subject is not Simpson and his donkey but rather Claude Longley Simpson, someone she ‘stumbled across’ on the web. Claude served in Greece, Crete, Palestine and Syria during World War II before being ordered to Darwin to assist in the restoration of order and discipline following the Japanese air attack.

Tessa Johnston

Loyola College, VIC

‘You must show strength of character and toughness when and if required. Never let a fault or sloppy activity become the norm. Set high standards and enforce them. You must have both physical and moral courage and love your mates’. This quotation symbolizes the spirit of the Maroubra Force (Kokoda Track) for Tessa Johnson.

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James Young

Loyola College, VIC

This terrific Power Point features the life and times of Leonard Victor Waters, an Australian who overcame the prejudices of the time to fulfil his dream of becoming the first Aboriginal to join the Australian Air Force. His family had a proud tradition of military service truly reflecting the ANZAC spirit. However it was many years before the Waters family were the recipients of a key value of this spirit – equality.

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Samuel Carl

Mazenod College, VIC

Sam clearly defined the ANZAC spirit and concluded that it is innate and cannot be taught. He described the brave actions of Corporal Mark Donaldson VC and the great show of spirit displayed by the ‘chocolate soldiers’ on the Kokoda Track. But the spirit is not confined to wartime actions and can be seen clearly in the devotion of people like Fred Hollows.

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Ebonie Stevens

Carmanah District High School, WA

Ebonie believes that the spirit of ANZAC remains strong in Australian society – celebrating Australia Day, feeling a sense of belonging to community, helping others in need and serving our country overseas. She too applauded the example set by Trooper Mark Donaldson VC and believes that today’s ADF ‘truly symbolizes the spirit of ANZAC’. 

Harrison Marley &

Glen Stevens

Mindarie Senior College, WA

Harry and Glen’s presentation focused on drawing knowledge and inspiration from two veterans living in their local community. These veterans ‘have had great life experiences which have helped us understand the meaning of ANZAC and encouraged us to follow in their footsteps – serving our country with all the attributes of the ANZAC spirit in mind’.

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Katie McAllister &

Gabrielle Ruttico

Great Southern Grammar, WA

Gabrielle and Kate’s video takes us to Albany in Western Australia – a special place in our history and the place where the spirit of ANZAC was born. See for yourselves where the troops embarked on their journey to Egypt and Gallipoli, leaving a special mark on this remote town.

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Claudia Hortin

Carmanah District High School, WA

Jonathan Church is well known to students who have attended Defence 2020 Youth Challenges, however Claudia helps personalize his great work. She traces the life of a little girl saved by Jonathan and placed in an orphanage and recounts the circumstances of his tragic death. In all ways Jonathan was an outstanding citizen whose compassion, courage and kindness moved Claudia to tears.

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Jesse Thompson

St Joseph's School, WA

In her essay Jesse argued that the ANZAC spirit is both myth and reality – reality because of past actions and myth because, as the stories are passed down, they ‘become exaggerated, lost, changed or misinterpreted’. Jesse praised the work of the ADF in inspiring young Australians to keep the spirit alive by providing ‘opportunity, inspiration, education and sense of importance and belonging’.

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Hannah Blinman

St Joseph's School, WA

Hannah’s extensive essay applauds the spirit of ANZAC displayed by today’s ADF but questions the extent of the spirit in the general populace. She argues that we need to look for ways other than war to show the ANZAC spirit – in environmental sustainability, accepting other cultures and valuing our history.

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