An Alice Springs school has apologised for awarding a child who dressed as Hitler as part of the festivities.
In front of Jewish students visiting from Melbourne's Biliak College.
Roger Herbert, the headmaster at St Philip's College, told 783 ABC Radio that it was a regrettable incident.
"We got them together and apologised and they were fantastic, absolutely fantastic, and accepting," he said.
"In a busy school, this student did go a respected staff member said 'is this OK?' and the staff member said 'yes'."
In a follow up statement issued on Friday afternoon, the school said it was "an innocent mistake by a teacher who is a respected, honourable and lovely person who got it wrong on the day."
"The student involved has an interest in history and politics and did the right thing by getting permission for his "book week" costume," the statement said.
"The school apologises unreservedly for any offence that has been caused. We have been in touch with the principal of the visiting students who were present on the day and they have accepted our apology."
1/2: Student in #Alicesprings who dressed up as Adolf Hitler for St Philip's college book week was awarded 1 of the prizes for best dressed— ABC Alice Springs (@783Alicesprings) September 9, 2016
2/2: Principal says it was an error in judgment & apologies have been made to Jewish— ABC Alice Springs (@783Alicesprings) September 9, 2016
exchange students who were at the school at the time
Principal of Bialik College, where Jewish students attend, says St Philip's handled it very well afterwards. Exchange will continue.— ABC Alice Springs (@783Alicesprings) September 9, 2016
Alice Springs St Phillip's College principal Roger Herbert: school apologised to visiting Jewish students who saw student dressed as Hitler— Nadia Daly (@nadiasdaly) September 9, 2016
The kid who dressed up as Hitler was awarded at the assembly. Principal Herbert: "He got up as one of the best dressed people that is true"— Casey Briggs (@CaseyBriggs) September 9, 2016
The school said it is reviewing its policies on events to ensure "nothing like this can happen again."
Support and assistance is being provided to the teacher, the student, and their family, the statement said.
The news report comes just over a week after a Perth primary school reportedly apologised after a student was awarded first prize at a costume party for dressing as Adolf Hitler.
It also comes after a mother painted her son brown to emulate AFL player Nic Naitanui -- who is his idol -- for a Book Week event.
Shortly after, a Perth Father dressed his son as West Coast Eagle Ben Cousins, complete with white powder on his nose.
I'd say can everybody just take a breath and count to 10 before making any decisions on #BookWeek costumes...but the kid ASKED staff if ok— Cameron Boon (@BakedBoons) September 9, 2016
hahaha OH: "a kid got an award for dressing as hitler in front of jewish kids in alice springs, this is a 70s ozploitation flick made real"— book week hitler (@fakeedbutler) September 9, 2016
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I want to meet the parent who wakes up and thinks "It's Book Week, Trent. Time to bust out the Hitler costume"... #BookWeek— Brett Pemberton (@BrettMPemberton) September 9, 2016