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Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

COVID-19 (coronavirus) update – the 2020 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools will be conducted as described on this webpage.

Entries are due on Friday 18 September 2020.

The 2020 awardees will be announced in December 2020.

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

They have been designed to align to the Australian Curriculum: History and Civics and Citizenship.

2020 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

In 2020 the awards are available for years 5 to 12 and include individual, group and school categories.

In the individual category students will respond to a history and/or civics question. In the group category schools will submit the work of a school group in the area of civic involvement. The schools category invites schools to nominate their civics and citizenship education program as an example of outstanding practice.

For the individual category, each school can submit a maximum of 4 entries for each year level.

For the group category, schools can submit a maximum of:

  • 2 group nominations for the primary years, and
  • 2 group nominations for the secondary years. 

The winners of the 2020 awards will be announced on Proclamation Day 2020 and awardees will be invited to a reception at Government House to receive their awards early in 2021.

Information to download for your school

•    Governor’s Civics Awards program (PDF 530KB)
•    Governor’s Civics Awards poster – A3 size (PDF 286KB)

When and how to submit entries

The appropriate entry and declaration forms for the individual, group and school categories must be submitted with your entry. The forms can be downloaded below.

Entries must be received no later than Friday 18 September 2020 at 5pm.

Applications can be emailed to GovernorsCivicsAwards [at] sa.gov.au

Entry forms

•    Individual entry and declaration (Word 128KB)
•    Group nomination and declaration (Word 128KB)
•    School nomination and declaration (Word 127KB)

    2019 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

    In 2019 the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools was a trial program for year 5 students only. From 2020 the program will be open to students from years 5 to 12.

    The focus of the individual category in 2019 was the establishment of the South Australian colony in the 19th Century. Students were 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?

    The 2019 group award focused on living in a democracy as an engaged and active citizen. Schools were invited to nominate a group of students in their school who demonstrated outstanding civic involvement. 

    Congratulations to the following students and schools for being judged awardees in the 2019 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools.

    Individual awardees

    • Clara Mills: Bellevue Heights Primary School
    • Rhys Heinrich: Central Yorke School – Maitland Campus
    • Sebastian Higham: Christian Brothers College
    • Huon Ley: Kangaroo Island Community Education
    • Noah Fitton: Victor Harbor R-7 School
    • Rui-Xi Xing: Wilderness School

    Group awardees  

    • Christian Brothers College Environment Group (4 students)
    • Kapunda Primary School Community Choir (8 students)

    The 2019 awardees will receive their awards at a reception at Government House on 20 February 2020.

    ​​​​The awards and the Australian Curriculum

    The awards connect 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.



    Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

    Email:GovernorsCivicsAwards [at] sa.gov.au