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Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

The Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools is a cross-sector initiative open to all South Australian schools including government, Catholic and independent. The aim is to develop student awareness and skills to be active and informed citizens in a multicultural and democratic society.

2019 competition

The 2019 awards is a trial for year 5 students only. From 2020 the program will be open to students from years 5 to 12.

Individual awardees will be presented with a medallion, and group awardees will be recognised with a plaque. The 2019 awardees will be announced on Proclamation Day, 26 December 2019, with an awards reception at Government House in February 2020.

The awards connect with the Australian Curriculum with an emphasis on:

  • the establishment of the South Australian colony in the 19th Century
  • the contribution of individuals and groups to the development of South Australia in the 20th Century
  • values underpinning Australia’s democracy
  • formal rights and responsibilities of Australian citizens.

Schools with year 5 enrolments are invited to submit entries for the individual student and group categories.

A maximum of 5 individual student entries and 2 group nominations per school will be accepted for judging by the awards panel. Schools may need to undertake a local selection process to decide on the entries they will submit for judging.

Individual student awards

The focus is on the establishment of the South Australian colony in the 19th Century. Students are invited to submit either an audio (2 minutes) or written response (maximum 500 words) on the question:

Why is it important for young people to know about the establishment and early years of the South Australian colony?

Group award

The topic is civics and citizenship, focusing on living in a democracy as an engaged and active citizen. Schools can nominate a group of students in their school who have demonstrated outstanding civic involvement. The school nomination is a maximum of 800 words and must contain supporting information, eg photographs and testimonials.

A maximum of 5 individual student entries and 2 group nominations per school will be accepted for judging by the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools judging panel. This may require schools to undertake a local selection process to determine those entries which will be forwarded for judging.

Submitting entries

If you're a student, talk to your teacher about applying. For more information and to apply, download the:

Submit your entries by 5.00pm, Friday 6 December 2019 to:

Malcolm McInerney
Manager, Humanities Education
Department for Education
GPO Box 1152 
Adelaide SA 5001

The awards and the Australian Curriculum

Schools are encouraged to have their year 5 students participate in the awards because of its connection with essential elements of the Australian Curriculum. These include:

  • Humanities and social sciences – history, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business.
  • English, literacy strand – creating texts including texts that combine digital or media content for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues.
  • Sustainability – the sustainability of ecological, social and economic systems is achieved through informed individual and community action that values local and global equity and fairness across generations into the future.
  • Civics and citizenship, contribute to civil society – plan, implement and evaluate ways of contributing to civil society at local, national, regional and global levels.

Contact

Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

Email:GovernorsCivicsAwards [at] sa.gov.au