Each year various scholarships are offered at SPS.
Kingsbury Scholarship: Courage under adversity
The Prahran RSL offers a $500 scholarship each year to a Year 5 student. The RSL has requested the school liaise with the parents to enable the amount to be directed towards furthering educational opportunities for the student.This has been offered to the school in the name of Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury, a former student at the school who received the Victoria Cross for his actions in Papua New Guinea during World War 2.
Australian Victoria Cross Recipient
Private Bruce Steel Kingsbury
Unit 2/14th Battalion
Born 8 January 1918 at Armadale, Melbourne
Date of action 29 August 1942
Place Isurava (Kokoda Track), Papua (now Papua New Guinea)
Details Kingsbury was one of a party from headquarters company and the signal platoon sent up to assist the defenders in the forward positions. When the enemy broke through on the right flank and threatened battalion headquarters Kingsbury, whose own platoon was decimated by the enemy, joined a different platoon which was to counter-attack. He rushed forward, firing his Bren gun and cleared a path through the enemy while at the same time causing a high number of casualties. He was shot dead by a sniper.
This was the first VC to be awarded for an action on Australian-administered territory.
Buried or Commemorated Port Moresby War Cemetery, Papua New Guinea
Current location of the VC Australian War Memorial
More information www.chapter-one.com/vc/award.asp?vc=696
Kelly O’Dwyer, Federal Member of Parliament for Higgins introduced this medal in 2011. The medal is awarded to a student, Year 4, 5 or 6 who demonstrates community awareness and conscience and quietly contributes to the school community through demonstrating the values of the school, driven by moral purpose.
The school is indeed proud to have the opportunity to issue such high quality awards.