St John Vianney's Parish Primary wins fourth Anzac Day Schools' Award

Friday, 09 October 2015

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today visited St John Vianney’s Parish Primary School in Doonside to present students and teachers with the school’s fourth Anzac Day Schools’ Award in as many years, on behalf of the Australian Government.

“I congratulate the St John Vianney’s Parish Primary school community on being awarded yet another Anzac Day Schools’ Award. It is an important honour and one that students, teachers and parents should be very proud of,” Senator Payne said.

“It is a wonderful achievement to win four of these awards and I’m delighted to visit the school once again to recognise the efforts of the Principal, Mr Glenn Patchell, students and teachers.

“This year’s award recognises the school’s commitment to teaching students about Australia’s wartime history through its excellent program that focuses on the role of animals in wartime and especially the horses used by the Australian Light Horse Brigade – a logical choice given the schools’ location near the Light Horse Interchange between the M4 and M7 Motorway.

“I was highly impressed to hear the level of empathy students displayed by writing biographical accounts of their time as soldiers riding with the Light Horse Brigade.

“Students also compiled an A-Z fact file of animals that have served in war, which is a great resource for current and future students at the school.

“The Centenary of Anzac is our nation’s most important period of commemoration and educating our next generation about the experiences of our servicemen and servicewomen is a crucial component of carrying the Anzac legacy into the future.

“By honouring the contribution of the Australian Light Horse Brigade, both teachers and students are ensuring that the sacrifices made by all those who have served our nation will never be forgotten. It is through education that the Anzac story is understood.

“In recognition of the award, St John Vianney’s Parish Primary School will receive a plaque, certificates and $2,000 in prize money.”

The Anzac Day Schools’ Awards encourage the study of Australia’s wartime history in schools through learning activities and the commemoration of Australian servicemen and women on Anzac Day.

For more information on the Anzac Day Schools’ Awards visit www.anzacportal.dva.gov.au