ANZAC Spirit Prize 2020

On Friday 14th August we received a special visit from Malcolm McInerney to present Central Yorke School with its Premier’s Anzac Spirit Schools Prize Award. Mr McInerney works within the Department of Education’s Learning Improvement Division and he is responsible for the judging process and organising the study tour.


This is the second year that a student from Central Yorke School has won this prize and we congratulate Harrison Geater-Johnson on his achievement.

His entry was ranked highly within the state wide competition which included Department, Catholic and Independent Schools and demonstrated the academic potential of our students.

Best entries yet

Mr McInerney emphasised that this year saw its best entries yet, and for Harrison to rank so highly is a testament to his work ethic and commitment to learning.
Students in Year 9 began their research in Term 4, 2019 and many chose to investigate family relationships and sources of information over the school holiday period.
Harrison, along with many other students, conducted interviews with relatives who had knowledge and artefacts pertaining to their serviceperson’s life and wartime experience.

Study Tour changes

The Premier’s Anzac Spirit Schools prize Study Tour was destined for France in 2020 where Harrison would tour battlefields and memorials on the Western Front. However, due to Covid-19 travel restrictions the tour is now heading to Darwin and Canberra where he will investigate Australia’s involvement in World War II and participate in a service at the French Embassy.

Formal presentation

Harrison will receive his formal award from the Premier Stephen Marshall during a ceremony at Anzac House on September 28th.
At Central Yorke School we embody the values of Learning Together, Making a Difference and would like to thank all family and community members for supporting our Year 9 students to complete this historical research.
If you are interested in finding information on a family member who has served, you can access the Virtual War Memorial Australia website.

Lauren Smith | HASS Teacher