Students in Werriwa encouraged to go for the Simpson Prize

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Year 9 and 10 students in Werriwa are invited to take part in the 2024 Simpson Prize.

Now in its 25th year, the Simpson Prize encourages students to learn and write about contributions made by Australians in World War I.

Named after Anzac hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick, who rescued wounded men at Gallipoli with the help of his donkey, this year’s participants are being asked to think about the significance of the Anzac tradition.

Member for Werriwa said the Simpson Prize encourages school students to learn from our history.

“I urge Werriwa students in Year 9 and 10 to enter this year’s Simpson Prize,” Ms Stanley said.

The Albanese Government is investing $910,000 over four years to the Simpson Prize in recognition of its importance to education and encourage budding young historians from across the country.

Minister for education Jason Clare, pictured above with winners from last year’s competition, said the Simpson Prize encourages creativity and history education in our schools.

“The Simpson Prize helps ensure we don’t just remember, but we learn,” Mr Clare said.

 “Understanding our history means we will never forget the lessons of the past.

“I’m looking forward to reading the winning essays and presenting students with their awards.”

Winners from each state and territory will be part of a three-day history program in Canberra plus an overseas study tour for Anzac Day in April 2024.

Students have until 5 pm Friday, November 3 to submit their entries. For more information, visit

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