Commemorative competition off with a flying art

Students from across Sydney school sectors will descend on Sydney’s Anzac Memorial on Monday for a special student-led commemoration and launch of an art exhibition that honours the service and sacrifice of Australians who have served in all wars and conflicts.

In time for ANZAC Day, the 70th RSL and Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration and inaugural Art Competition aims to educate and inspire school students across the State to learn about Australia’s military history and understand the significance of commemorations.

Attracting 23 entries from primary and high school students across NSW school sectors, the exhibition will showcase nine finalist artworks at the Memorial throughout April.

RSL NSW President Ray James said that the important collaboration between RSL NSW, the Department of Education, Catholic Schools NSW, and the Association of Independent Schools is integral to finding unique ways to engage younger generations to build a greater understanding and appreciation of the service and sacrifice of those who have served to protect their freedom.

“This competition is a great way for school students to reflect and learn about Australia’s military history by tapping into their imagination and creativity.

“RSL NSW takes great pride in preserving the memory of all those who have served their country and I commend the students and art teachers in schools across NSW for the hard work and passion that has gone into such high-quality commemorative artworks,” Mr James said.

The Schools Remember ANZAC Commemoration will be attended by Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AC KC and The Hon. Prue Car, MP, Minister for Education and Early Learning.

Entries to the 2024 RSL & Schools Remember ANZAC Art Competition are now open to primary and high school students across NSW.

A full list of finalists and artworks can be found on the RSL NSW website here. The artwork will be exhibited at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park from 3 – 30 April 2023.

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