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Clearview Primary School Student Wins Day With Air Force

MAJGEN Tim Keating (VCDF) and CAPT Matt Gauldie (NZDF Artist) with Second place winner, 11 year old Jaimie Hawley of Christchurch.

MAJGEN Tim Keating (VCDF) and CAPT Matt Gauldie (NZDF Artist) with Second place winner, 11 year old Jaimie Hawley of Christchurch.

Clearview Primary School student Jaimie Hawley has won a day with the Air Force as second prize in Operation Anzac Spirit, a poster competition run by the New Zealand Defence Force as part of Anzac Day.

Jaimie’s poster was one of around 400 entries in Operation Anzac Spirit, a competition for Year 7 and 8 students which asked them to submit a poster showing what Anzac Day means to them.

Jaimie’s great grandfather fought in World War II, and he was the inspiration behind her collage.

The competition was judged by NZ Defence Force Artist Captain (CAPT) Matt Gauldie, who said judging the competition was extremely difficult as the entries were of such a high standard.

"Jaimie’s paint and paper collage made me feel as if I was looking at faces of fallen soldiers through flowing water with poppies floating on the surface. Jaimie’s piece offered a fresh, hopeful perspective on dark chapters of New Zealand history. It was personal and sincere," CAPT Gauldie said.

Jaimie said she was "very excited and couldn’t believe it," when she heard she had won second prize in the competition.

Jaimie has chosen to spend a day with the Air Force as her second prize to giver her an opportunity to learn more about the Air Force. "I have never really seen what the Air Force do and hope that I get to look at their helicopters and planes," Jaimie said.

The top three place getters were presented with their prizes by Vice Chief of Defence Force, Major General (MAJGEN) Tim Keating at a prize-giving ceremony at Defence House in Wellington last Friday.

MAJGEN Keating said the Defence Force has been running an art competition since 2007 to encourage theme to learn about Anzac Day and its connection to the Defence Force today.

First place winner, 11 year old Sam Sutcliffe of Kerikeri, will spend a day with the Army as his prize. Third place winner, 11 year old Lily Webber of Auckland will spend a day with the Navy as her prize.

Four runners up received an NZ Defence Force prize pack: David Frear, 10, of Northland, Graeson McLellan, 11, of Opotiki, Esther Chung, 12, of Christchurch and Ella Hume, 12, of Masterton.

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