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Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize - 2021 Assessment Process and Criteria

Spirit of Anzac Prize offers Victorian students in Year 9, 10 and 11 the opportunity to explore Australia’s significant war and peacekeeping history and enter to win a scholarship.

Submission format

Submissions may be in the format of:

  • an essay up to 1,000 words (word count does not include references or footnotes)
  • a poem, short story or another literary format up to 1,000 words
  • audio presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
  • video presentation (maximum 10 minutes)
  • musical composition – a song or instrumental
  • web page
  • artwork (painting, drawing, photograph, textile or other art forms)

Statement of intent (for non-essay entries)

A statement of intent of up to 200 words is required for all non-essay entries. It will be assessed in conjunction with the submission against the assessment criteria and should indicate:

  • how you conducted your research/exploration
  • how the selected format relates to your research and topic
  • your conclusions on the topic

Assessment criteria

Personal statement - 35% of total assessment criteria

A personal statement of up to 300 words that demonstrates that the applicant:

  • makes positive contributions to their school and broader community
  • have a genuine interest in learning about Victoria and Australia’s military history, this might include some or all of the following:
    • they will be an ambassador for the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac Prize and share their experience with their school and broader community
    • they have connected with veterans and/or their relatives in their community or family
    • they undertake relevant extra-curricular activities such as cadets, volunteering, or community engagement activities (if applicable)

The statement should also outline how the applicant will benefit from receipt of the Premier’s Spirit of Anzac prize and how it will contribute to their learning.

Response to the topic – 65% of total assessment

Knowledge and understanding - 20%

The submission:

  • demonstrates an understanding of Australia’s wartime and military history or heritage through a connection to the Spirit of Anzac
  • demonstrates research skills
  • includes a statement of intent (not required for essay entries)

Relevance to topic - 20%

The submission clearly relates to the topic.

Creativity and innovation - 20%

The submission shows an original or creative interpretation of, or approach to the topic.

Sources - 5%

The submission:

  • draws from a range of sources which might include historic, oral, contemporary, creative
  • cites these sources in a bibliography

Reviewed 24 May 2021

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