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SA Suffrage 125 schools competition

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the Adult Suffrage Bill that enabled women in South Australia – for the first time anywhere in Australia – to vote in elections and to stand as members of Parliament.

This competition will provide students in years 6, 7, 8 and 9 from all education sectors the opportunity to participate in historical research to develop understanding and empathy of the tireless efforts of South Australians that resulted in the passing of this landmark legislation.

Spread the word about this competition by printing and displaying the flyer (PDF 536KB) at your school.

Eligibility

The competition is open to South Australian students enrolled in government, Catholic and Independent schools in years 6, 7, 8 and 9 only.

Key dates

Entries open on 6 May 2019 and close on 30 August 2019.

Judging criteria

Entries will be judged on:

  • knowledge and understanding 
  • structure and clarity
  • evidence of research and use of both primary and secondary sources.

Recognition for winners

Winners will be invited to an event at Parliament House hosted by the Minister for Education.

Competition task

Years 6 and 7

Question: What was life like for women in the 1880s and 1890s before women’s suffrage and what were the conditions that led to change?

  • Students are required to respond to the question in multimodal format. The multimodal format includes podcast (maximum 5 minutes), film (maximum 5 minutes) and slide presentation (maximum 15 slides).
  • Students may submit entries as individuals, in groups or as a class.

Years 8 and 9

Question 1: 

Through the eyes of a suffragist, explain how the lives of women were improved by women’s suffrage in 1894? 

Question 2: 

Through the eyes of a suffragist, explain what challenges suffragists faced in the 1890s to reach their goal of women’s suffrage?

  • Students are required to select one question and respond to the question as a written piece (maximum 800 words) or in multimodal format. The multimodal format includes podcast (maximum 6 minutes), film (maximum 6 minutes) and slide presentation (maximum 15 slides).
  • Students may submit entries as individuals, in groups or as a class.
  • Two recognitions will be awarded – one for the written piece and one for the multimodal entry.

Advice to applicants when researching and creating submissions

  • A range of primary and secondary sources must be used as evidence to support your research. Appropriate referencing in the text and a list of references is required as part of the entry.
  • Sources such as photographs, tables and maps must be described, referenced (eg Figure 1) and referred to in the text or referenced in appendices.

How and when to submit entries

  • A multimodal entry must be submitted on a USB. A written piece may be presented as a typed document or as an electronic copy on a USB.
  • Each submission must be accompanied by the student entry and declaration form.
  • 6 copies of each entry are to be received no later than 5pm on 30 August 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.

Competition submissions

Submissions are to be forwarded to:

Secretariat – Attention PohLi Chew
SA Suffrage 125 Schools Competition
Department for Education
Early Years and Child Development division
GPO Box 1152, Adelaide SA 5001

 

Contact

Secretariat

Phone: 8226 1704
Email: pohli.chew [at] sa.gov.au