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The Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools is a cross-sector initiative to develop student awareness and skills as active and informed citizens in a multicultural and democratic society. The initiative involves an annual competition conducted by the Department for Education and guided by the Governor's Civics Awards for Schools Reference Group.
Watch the video of Award presentations and hear from some previous award recipients at Government House.
The awards have been designed to align to the Australian Curriculum: History and Civics and Citizenship.
They 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.
In 2022 the awards are available for years 5 to 12 and include individual, group and school categories.
In the individual category students respond to a history and/or civics question. In the group category schools 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
- 2 group nominations for the secondary years.
The winners of the 2022 awards will be announced during December 2022. The award winners will be invited to either the Proclamation Day Ceremony on 28 December 2022, or to a reception at Government House early in 2023 to receive their awards.
- About the Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools (PDF 174KB)
- Primary school program – Governor's Civics Awards for Schools (PDF 508KB)
- Secondary school program – Governor's Civics Awards for Schools (PDF 512KB)
- Poster for Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools (PDF 513KB)
- Entry support information and checklists (PDF 408KB)
- Letter to principals (PDF 248KB).
The relevant 'entry form and declaration' for the individual, group and school categories must be submitted with your entry.
Entries must be received by Friday 16 September 2022 at 5.00pm.
Email applications to GovernorsCivicsAwards@sa.gov.au.
- Individual entry form and declaration (Word 134KB)
- Group nomination form and declaration (Word 128KB)
- School nomination form and declaration (Word 127KB)
The Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools program has been conducted in South Australian schools since 2019.
Congratulations to the following students and schools for being judged award winners in the 2021 Governor’s Civics Awards for Schools.
Individual categories years 5 to 10
- Asha Dan – Wilderness School
- Scarlett Desyllas – Wilderness School
- Kevin Fernando – Christian Brothers' College
- Evangeline Lee – Wilderness School
- Jade Player – St Columba's Memorial School
- Nidhi Sinhal – Wilderness School
- Manha Abaid – Wilderness School
- Olivia Craig – Munno Para Primary School
- Stirling Down – Mount Compass Area School
- Dakoyta Hopgood-Davis – Mount Compass Area School
- Ramindu Maheepala – Unley Primary School
- Alexandra Pringle – Wilderness School
- Cloe Watherston –Munno Para Primary School
- Rhys Heinrich – Central Yorke School
- Miya Turner – Wallaroo Primary School
- Sasindu Maheepala –Glenunga International High School
- Ehdaa Al-Tamimi – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
- Charlotte Lockwood – Horizon Christian School
- Bich-Loan Nguyen – Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College
Group Category: Primary
Linden Park Primary School
- Prisha Khanna
- Aniela Kierno
- Alexa Matthews
- Nathan Ng
- Isabelle Relf
- Charlotte Brown – Saint Michael's College
- Ruby Evangelista – University Senior College at Adelaide University
- Matt Goldwyn – University Senior College at Adelaide University
- Kalea Healey – Pulteney Grammar School
- Sophie Heinrich – Central Yorke School
- Arianna Kasumovic –Underdale High School
- James Kortessis – Saint Michael's College
- Ellie Venning – Marryatville High School
The majority of the 2021 awardees received their awards at a reception at Government House in 2022. The 2021 Primary Years Individual category awardees were presented with their awards by Her Excellency the Honourable Frances Adamson AC at the Old Gum Tree Ceremony on Proclamation Day 2021.