Students lauded for Anzac Day story telling project
TANNUM Sands State High School students were rewarded yesterday for their efforts to commemorate Anzac diggers.
They were presented with a plaque, certificates and a cheque for $500 after placing second in the Queensland division of the Australian Government's 2015 Anzac Day Awards.
To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landing at Gallipoli, the school encouraged its students to share the stories of local ex-servicemen and women in a research project, Tannum Sands SHS Remembers.
Students researched a serviceman or woman with a connection to the Gladstone region.
Federal member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd presented the students with the awards at a ceremony and said he was impressed with other student projects including a Black Diggers Bush Tucker Commemorative Anzac Garden.
"Tannum Sands State High has made an outstanding contribution to the Gladstone community and their achievement speaks volumes for the level of understanding about Australia's military history," Mr O'Dowd said.
"It is especially important to acknowledge the contribution of indigenous soldiers to the Australian defence forces during our various conflicts, and Tannum Sands State High has accurately portrayed their efforts in this unique and inspiring project," he said.
Judges were impressed with the student-led activities and commented that the Black Diggers Bush Tucker Commemorative Garden was a unique and inspiring idea.