Simpson Prize Award 2018 takes Merici Student and Teacher to France

Liza Laird (Merici Teacher) and Samantha Trafford, winner of the Simpson Award 2018

 Merici Student and Teacher awarded the Simpson Prize 2018

We are delighted to announce that Samantha Elise Trafford (Year 10) has been selected as the Simpson Prize 2018 winner for the Australian Capital Territory. Many outstanding entries were submitted to the competition and Samantha is to be congratulated on this achievement.

The Simpson Prize is a history competition which has a focus on the legacy of ANZAC, open to all Year 9 and 10 students in Australia. The Simpson Prize requires students to respond to a quote and question provided using both the Simpson Prize Australian War Memorial Source Selection and the student’s own research.  The 2018 Essay Question was “Some historians have described 1917 as “the worst year of the Great War” for Australia and Australians. To what extent is this assessment accurate?”.

Students are encouraged to agree, debate with or challenge the statement from a variety of perspectives – individual, national and global – and to use sources in a variety of forms.

We would also like to congratulate Mrs Liza Laird, Merici teacher, who has been selected as an accompanying teacher.

As part of the Simpson Award, Samantha and Liza will participate in an overseas tour to the Western Front, France, 16 - 29 April 2018 including attendance at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Villers-Bretonneux

We congratulate Samantha and Liza and look forward to hearing about their wonderful experiences on their return.

For more information on the competition, visit


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