Standing up for Canberra

Simpson Prize highlights great work by ACT students

This year’s Simpson Prize winners were announced today at Parliament House.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann and Member for Fraser, Andrew Leigh congratulated the ACT winner from Canberra Girl’s Grammar, and the ACT runner up from Gold Creek School.

The winner will travel to Gallipoli to attend this year’s ANZAC Day services as a part of their award.

“I am pleased to congratulate Phyllida Behm from Canberra Girl’s Grammar School as one of the winners of this popular essay writing and audio visual presentation competition which honours John Simpson Kirkpatrick,” said Ms Brodtmann.

“I am sure that Phyllida’s prize to attend ANZAC Day services at Gallipoli will be a very moving experience that will never be forgotten.”

Mr Leigh said, “I’d like to congratulate Lucy Rose Dingwall from Gold Creek School for her outstanding achievement to be named a runner-up for this prestigious prize.

“Australians fondly remember Simpson as the man with the donkey, famous for his bravery under fire while rescuing his fellow soldiers at Gallipoli in 1915

“And this year, students looked at why Australian commemoration of ANZAC Day has increased in popularity in recent years,” said Mr Leigh.

The winners and runners-up each receive a medallion to celebrate their achievements and take part in a special two-day Canberra study program which includes visits to Parliament House, the Australian War Memorial and the National Museum of Australia.

The Gillard Government provided $186,000 in funding for this year’s Simpson Prize and will provide $570,000 for the Prize over the next three years.