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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 were a trial for year 5 students only. From 2020, the program will be open to students from years 5 to 12.

In 2019, schools with year 5 enrolments were invited to submit entries for the individual student and group categories. A maximum of 5 individual student entries and 2 group nominations per school were accepted for judging. Schools conducted local selection processes to decide which entries to submit for judging. 

Individual awardees will be presented with a medallion, and group awardees will be recognised with a plaque. The panel judged the entries during December 2019 and the awardees were announced on Proclamation Day, 28 December 2019. There will be an awards reception at Government House on 20 February 2020.

Individual student awards

The individual award focused on 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?”

Group award

The 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.

The awards and the Australian Curriculum

For the 2019 trial, schools were encouraged to have their year 5 students participate in the awards because of its connection with essential elements of the Australian Curriculum. These included:

  • 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.

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.

2019 Governor’s Civics Awards for School awardees

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)   


Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools

Email:GovernorsCivicsAwards [at] sa.gov.au