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Entries are due on Friday 20 August 2021.
The 2021 awardees will be announced in December 2021.
The Eden School Prize is an essay competition open to year 10 students in South Australian government schools.
It’s funded by the 1956 John Joseph Eden bequest and embraces the notion of making the world a better and happier place.
Students will create an essay of between 600 and 800 words that answers the question:
How can understanding and applying mathematics make the world a better and happier place?
There will be 3 prizes awarded to the value of:
- 1st prize: $1250
- 2nd prize: $750
- 3rd prize: $500.
The judging panel will use the following criteria to judge the entries:
- breadth of thought on the topic
- originality of thought
- relevance of the response to the question
- reference to current issues
- communication skills.
The prize is open to all year 10 students in government schools who want the opportunity to share their ideas about the world they live in.
A maximum of 3 entries can be submitted by each school. Schools are encouraged to conduct their own Eden School Prize competition to determine the entries for the 2021 judging panel.
Submitting an entry
If you are a student you should contact your teacher about applying. For more information, download the following:
- Information on the 2021 Eden School Prize (PDF 163KB)
- Eden School Prize student declaration and entry form (PDF 228KB)
- Eden School Prize poster (PDF 1MB)
Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 20 August 2021 to: EdenSchoolPrize [at] sa.gov.au.
Alternatively, entries can be posted to:
2021 Eden School Prize
Department for Education
GPO Box 1152
Adelaide SA 5001
If you have any questions about the competition, contact Malcolm McInerney (Curriculum Programs, Eden School Prize manager) at: EdenSchoolPrize [at] sa.gov.au.
Schools are encouraged to have their Year 10 students participate in the Eden School Prize because of its connection with essential elements of the Australian Curriculum, including:
- Humanities and social sciences: history, geography, civics and citizenship, economics and business.
- English (literacy strand): creating texts including texts that combine specific digital or media content, for imaginative, informative, or persuasive purposes that reflect upon challenging and complex issues.
- Mathematics: the theme for the prize in 2021 explores how the understanding and application of mathematics contributes to our society and environment.
- 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.
This 2020 essay question was inspired by discussions on the role of technology to be an informed, positive and active citizen in our society.
Students were asked to respond to the question:
How can technology make the world a better and happier place to live?
- First prize $1250: Caleb Van Zyl (Mount Compass Area School)
- Second prize $750: Cassidy Hamilton-Smith (Kingston Community School)
- Third prize $500: Nina de Brequet (Victor Harbor High School)
Email: EdenSchoolPrize [at] sa.gov.au