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Muriel Matters Awards

Each school can nominate 1 secondary student for a Muriel Matters Award. Nominations close on Friday 5 November 2021.

The Muriel Matters Awards recognise young people in SA secondary schools who show self-initiative and commitment to making a difference in the community.

The awards will be presented yearly and are open to students in years 7 to 12.

Learn more about the awards and how to select a student for nomination.

About the awards

The Muriel Matters Awards were instituted in 2021 by the Minister for Education and the Speaker of the South Australian Parliament House of Assembly.

The awards profile and recognise the work and life of Muriel Matters (1877 to 1969), who was a South Australian born suffragist, educator and social reformer. Muriel made a difference in the early 20th Century through her work and activism to further the rights and freedoms of women, promote universal access to education and have careers being open to talent.

In recognition of the role Muriel played in societies around the world, the awards recognise young people in our schools who show:

  • self-initiative
  • determination to make a difference despite personal challenges
  • a commitment to make the world a better place for all.

2021 Muriel Matters Awards

Each school can nominate 1 secondary student for the Muriel Matters Awards.

Your school should consider the following when selecting a student for nomination:

  • The awards are open to all SA schools with secondary enrolments from years 7 to 12.
  • One Muriel Matters Award can be given per school each year.
  • A student can only be awarded a Muriel Matters Award once during their schooling.
  • Awardees will receive a Muriel Matters Award medallion and a copy of 'Muriel Matters: That Daring Australian Girl', by Collette Snowden.
  • Schools will be responsible for presenting the awards during end of year assemblies or at special ceremonies as determined by the school or the South Australian Parliament.

Award criteria

The awards will go to students who exhibit self-initiative in promoting democratic discussion and activity in the community.

Your school's nominated student should demonstrate aspects of the following criteria:

  • self-starting and shows initiative beyond school arranged activities
  • involved in democratic processes to promote change and make a difference (recognising the achievement of women or other groups in the community)
  • taken action of some type
  • exhibited in their action a degree of selflessness and personal challenge.

These criteria are embodied in the selection criteria statement for the awards: The Muriel Matters Awards recipient is a student exhibiting self-initiative in promoting democratic discussion and activity in the community.

Nominate a student

Submit the 2021 Muriel Matters Awards nomination form to nominate a secondary student from your school.

Nominations close on Friday 5 November 2021.

If you can't access or complete the online form, you will need to download and submit the paper-based nomination form. This is available in the supporting materials section below.

Key dates

5 November 2021 – nominations close.

22 November 2021 – engraved medallions, certificates and books sent to schools.

Supporting materials for schools

All schools with secondary enrolments were sent information and publicity materials in October 2021. These materials provide information about the awards and the nomination process.

2021 materials distributed to schools:

More information

If you have any questions about the awards, contact:

Malcolm McInerney
Manager, Muriel Matters Awards 
Curriculum Programs, Curriculum and Learning Division 
Phone: 0437 249 200
Email: malcolm.mcinerney [at] sa.gov.au

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