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The Eden School Prize

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.

2020 competition

Students will create an essay of between 600 and 800 words that answers the question:

""How can technology make the world a better and happier place to live?""

Prizes

There will be 3 prizes awarded to the value of:

  • 1st prize: $1250
  • 2nd prize: $750
  • 3rd prize: $500.

Judging

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.

Requirements

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 2020 judging panel.

Submitting the entry

If you are a student you should contact your teacher about applying. For more information, download the:

Entries must be submitted by 5.00pm on Friday 4 September 2020 to:

Malcolm McInerney
2020 Eden School Prize
Learning Improvement division
Department for Education
GPO Box 1152 
Hindmarsh SA 5007

If you have any questions about the competition, contact Malcolm McInerney (Department for Education Eden School Prize manager) at malcolm.mcinerney@sa.gov.au.

The Eden School Prize and the Australian Curriculum

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.
  • 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.

2019 winners

This 2019 essay question was inspired by discussions on the importance of knowing history to be an informed, positive and active citizen in our society.

Students were asked to respond to the question:

"Does knowing the past make the present a happier and better place?"

  • First prize $1250: Isabella Drabsch from Kingston Community
  • Second prize $750: Jordyn Maitland from Paralowie R-12 School
  • Third prize $500: Darcy Wright from Kingston Community School.

Contact

Eden prize

Email: malcolm.mcinerney [at] sa.gov.au