AUSSIE EDUCATOR

Student Competitions

Each year, a multitude of competitions are available for students and schools. These cover all curriculum areas. Some are run by subject organisations, some by governments, some by private organisations, some by international groups.

Competitions listed fall into what would be classed as the “academic” areas, e.g. Language area, STEM, STEAM and the Social Sciences. Some of these are grouped under the heading of Challenges, e.g. Premier’s Reading Challenge, National History Challenge, … .

For ease of presentation, competitions are listed in curriculum areas plus an “Others” section. In some instances, the listing is broken into further sub-directories, e.g. Language → Writing, Spelling, Public Speaking, Debating, … .

Sporting competitions and events such as Eisteddfods can be found from a range of other sources.

Competitions vary from local to state level, national and international. While most are run in calendar years, others run across two years, e.g. Tropfest, ANZAC. Many are free to enter, others have entry fees either for individuals or teams. In addition, included competitions may apply to different levels or combinations of school levels as indicated above.

Note we have broken the listing over two pages. It is done for two reasons. The first is to limit the size of the pages for several factors related to their use. The second allows for further additions over the coming year either by recommendation or by discovery on our part.

We will be undertaking a full review of all competitions at the end of December 2020. Those we are uncertain will run in 2021 will be removed. If you are aware of other competitions or challenges suitable for inclusion please let us know so we can develop an even more comprehensive listing both overall, and in specific areas.

Please note : We normally update a number of pages on the first day of each month. This will not be the case in January. As far as possible we will include all known January competition dates by 19 December 2020 but both Competition pages will not fully update until 17 January 2021. Normal service will be resumed as from 1 February 2021. Part of this is because of the changes noted in red above.

Specific levels are indicated through use of the following icons and through the descriptors provided with each competition.

  •    [Primary]
  •    [Secondary Years 7-10]
  •    [Senior Secondary Years 11-12]
  •     [Apprentices/Trainees].

Challenges

  

2020 UAV Airborne Delivery Challenge

‘2020 is a dual-competition year where we hold both a high-school event [Airborne Delivery] and an adult event. The goal of the UAV Challenge is to demonstrate the utility of Unmanned Airborne Vehicles [UAVs] for civilian applications, particularly in those applications that will save the lives of people in the future’.

The dates for the 2021 event will be announced soon. Registrations usually close in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Asia Pacific Open Championships FIRST Australia

‘Each FIRST LEGO League partner [from 2020 invited regions] will receive a Google form link for pre-registration to be forwarded to qualified/invited teams. Registration will begin on Friday, 3 July at 8 am. Teams should plan to arrive in Sydney the night before’. Other details from the site.

Registrations previously closed at the beginning of July with the event following immediately afterwards. Exact dates once these are advised.

Australian and New Zealand Brain Bee Challenge

‘Motivates young people to learn about the brain. Created to inspire students to pursue careers in neuroscience research. A test of knowledge about important facts concerning intelligence, memory, emotions, sensations, movement, stress, ageing, sleep, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke’. Round 1 in Schools, Round 2 is at State/Region Level. Round 3 is National. Organised for Year 10 students. Brain Bee lessons can be found here : https://worldseries.educationperfect.com/brainbeecontent.html.

Registrations are now open. Round 1 is held during Brain Awareness Week [15-21 March 2021]. Round 2 are the Regional Finals, held in each state/region in Australia and New Zealand [usually held in June-August]. Round 3 is the National Final where 7 Australian students and 2 New Zealand students compete against each other to become the Australian Brain Bee Challenge Champion. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Australian International Model Solar Challenge

‘Tens of thousands of Australian high school and primary students have participated in this hands-on science program’. In addition to the main challenge, there are also state events found in the links below.

Previous events have usually been in late November or early December. Exact dates once these are advised [The following state level events are usually held shortly before this].

     

Destination Imagination

‘We offer seven different academic Challenges in areas of STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics], fine arts, service learning, and early learning. 2020-21 Challenge Previews are found here. The age/grade requirements to participate in the 2019-20 Destination Imagination Challenge Program are found on the site’.

The Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Service Learning, and Early Learning Challenges were released on November 1, 2020. The Engineering and Improvisational Challenges were released on December 1, 2020. The Global Final is held in the USA in July 2021.

     

First Lego League [Australia]

‘Every September, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts : the Robot Game and the Project’. The Australian part of an international group found at The Challenge - FIRST LEGO League.

FIRST LEGO League Explore season challenge was released in early August 2020. The discovery and project season runs from August through June of the following year, and Expo season runs October through June of the following year.

  

FIRST Tech Challenge

‘Designed for high school students to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams’. Through Macquarie University and FIRST Australia.

Previously operated in the fourth quarter of the year. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Global Cardboard Challenge

‘Celebrates child creativity and the role communities can play in fostering it. Kids of all ages are invited to build anything they can dream up using cardboard, recycled materials and imagination’. Resources available from the site. [USA, but done in 46 countries.]

‘Cardboard Challenges can take place any time of year in any context’. The most recent challenge was in October.

  

International Mathematical Modeling Challenge [IM²C]

ACER. ‘A new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Operating in teams, comprising up to four students from the same school, participants must work collaboratively to solve a problem [set globally] by devising and applying an original mathematical model’. All details on the site.

IM²C will take place in Australia between 8-30 March 2021. Register here for a free information pack.

  

Updated ! Kronosaurus Korner School Challenge

‘This year’s Challenge is a 2-part challenge. The task in each part is designed to appeal to a range of students. A wide range of outcomes are possible and anticipated. That is why the same challenge is to be presented to Junior [Gr 5-6], Intermediate [Gr 7] and Senior [Gr 8-9] teams’.

You may start the Challenge whenever you wish. Teams must submit their work to you no more than one month after starting the Challenge.

     

MS Readathon

A Reading Challenge supporting a charity. Four age groupings 0-6, 7-12, 13-17, 18 and Above. All details on their site.

MS Readathon is usually held throughout August. Monitor here for details regarding registration.

  

National Computer Science School Challenge

‘Online programming Challenge for high school students, run by the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney and NICTA. Unlike any other programming competition because we will teach you how to program as you compete’.

Dates for the following : NCSS Challenge [2 events], Web Comp [1 event at this time] are provided, beginning from February 2021 with each over 5 weeks. Find them on this page. The Hour of Code and the second Web Comp event have yet to be allocated 2021 dates.

National Family Reading Month

Scholastic. ‘The Challenge is open to students, Scholastic Book Club Organisers and Teachers from registered participating schools in Australia. National Family Reading Month is the year’s biggest celebration of reading. Fairs held in May are supported with extra special tools, ideas and competitions to encourage families to Read More in May’. Scroll down the page to get details.

The event will be held in May 2021.

  

National History Challenge

‘Encourages students to use research and inquiry based learning to discover more about the past. Students from Primary years to Year 12, 19 years of age or younger in Australian schools. The theme for 2020 is CONTESTED hiSTORIES’.

Check the Key Dates page for 2021 dates [still to be updated from 2020] for each state/territory.

     

NSW Premier’s Sporting Challenge

‘A range of initiatives with one common purpose - to have more students, more active, more of the time !’.

The Challenge period officially commences in Term 2 and ends in Week 10, Term 3. The Challenge can be run any time during this time frame. This would make the start of Term 3 the latest any school could finalise their registration.

     

Updated ! Opti-MINDS Creative Sustainability Challenge

‘A creative problem solving event for teams of participants from Preschool to Adult within 4 divisions. They are required to solve demanding, open-ended Challenges from one of the following categories : Language Literature; Science Engineering; Social Sciences’. Operates in Queensland, New Zealand and now Western Australia.

Registration has previously closed in early June. TEAMS may only be nominated in JULY – AFTER the Challenges have been read. Finals previously held in October.

Premier’s Reading Challenges

     

ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge

‘You can choose your own books or ask your parents, teacher, librarian at your school or Library for their suggestions. This year, why don’t you challenge yourself to read something different ?’

The Challenge commences in Term One each year and concludes in Term Three. It is open to all ACT schools for students in Preschool to Year 12. There is no prescribed book list for the Challenge. Prizes previously awarded to winning schools in September..

     

NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely’. There is now a separate Student’s Page as well as the main page.

‘ Challenge opens : Monday March 1, 2021. Challenge closes for students : Friday August 27, 2021. Challenge closes for coordinators : Friday September 10, 2021’. Certificates issued in Term 4.

     

Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is not a competition but a way to encourage students to develop a love of reading for life’. A New ! School Information Kit should be available shortly. Teachers and parents can determine when they commence and conclude the reading challenge to suit their requirements, as long as they are within the time frames outlined.

For details, check the Key dates page. Now showing 2021 dates.

        

South Australian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘The Premier’s Reading Challenge is a literacy engagement program that was introduced by the Premier in 2004 to encourage students to read more books and enjoy reading and also to improve literacy levels’.

For details, check the Key Dates page. Now showing 2021 dates.

  

Tasmanian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘Reading is just like sport - the more you practise the better you get. I encourage students to take up the challenge of reading at least 10 books in 10 weeks’.

For details, check the Key Dates page. [Still showing 2020 dates at this time.]

     

Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge

‘Literacy and numeracy skills lay the foundation for success in learning and in life. The challenge is a practical and fun way for children and students from birth to year 10 to build these life skills’.

For details, check the Key Dates page. [Still showing 2020 dates at this time.]

     

Updated ! Premier’s Active April

‘Part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to promote healthy and active lifestyles and get Victorians more active, more often’. Download an app via the “About” page on the site.

The site is currently being updated. Monitor to access the new site when it is uploaded.

     

Premier’s Be Active Challenge - SA

‘The Challenge is to do at least 60 minutes of physical activity on at least 5 days of the week for at least 4 weeks’. Information for Government Schools, Non-Government Schools and Home Schools/Families.

The Challenge will run from the start of Term 1 to the end of Term 3 [see specific details above]. Medals may arrive in PE Week [November]. [Still showing 2020 dates at this time.]

  

Updated ! Readers Cup

‘Readers Cup is organised by the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. It is a state wide competition for young readers’.

All registrations and memberships for 2020 will be transferred over to 2021. We are looking forward to a great competition in 2021.

Teams need to register before the end of Term 1. Schools may choose to conduct their own in-school Readers Cups to give children practice. This is optional. Registered teams will read titles for their region and compete in a regional competition to be held by the end of Term 2. Winning regional teams prepare for the State Final to be held in Brisbane in September during the Brisbane Writers Festival. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! Science and Engineering Challenge

‘A nationwide STEM* outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Through the SEC, students experience aspects of science and engineering which they would not usually see in their school environment’.

Check the Updated ! Events page for all details. Now showing 2021 dates for events.

  

Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge

Australian Culinary Federation. We ‘will be running Secondary School Culinary Competitions in SA, ACT, QLD & TAS. This competition is designed to establish and develop links between school and industry in an effort to encourage more students to enter the commercial cookery industry. The QLD Junior Secondary Schools Culinary Challenge Competition is for year 10 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Senior Secondary Schools Culinary Competition is for Year 11 and 12 students studying Home Economics or Hospitality at high school. The Winners of these competitions will be attending the National Secondary Schools Final’.

‘This page will be updated at the end of the year with 2021 dates’. [Still showing 2020 dates at this time.]

  

Space Design Competitions Australia

‘Hosts a number of industry simulation experiences for school students. These combine elements of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics [STEM], with an emphasis on teamwork, marketing, and human relations to provide a unique set of challenges for young people’. Linked to the Australian Space Design Competitions [see Science section below]. Students in Grades 8-12.

2020 Final will be held on 23-24 January 2021. Registrations for the challenge usually open in late March. A Timeline is available from the home page but currently shows the 2020 Challenge dates [these will give an approximation you can use for 2021]. Monitor for actual dates for 2021.

     

Updated ! STEM Video Game Challenge

‘The theme of next year’s STEM video game challenge is SCALE’. The Challenge is open to upper primary and secondary school students. Students are encouraged to design, build and submit an original educational video game that includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics [STEM] content or themes’. Years 5-12.

Key Dates are found on page 3 of the Mentors Handbook. A Timeline is available from the home page but currently shows the 2020 Challenge dates. Monitor for dates for 2021.

Updated ! Student Blogging Challenge

‘The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging — from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. The challenge is made up of a series of 10 weekly tasks all designed to improve blogging and commenting skills, while connecting students with a global audience. The challenge is totally free and is open to both classes and individual student bloggers from all over the world. The challenge is open to all age groups [K-12] worldwide. However, it is most suitable for ages 8 to 16’.

The Student Blogging Challenge runs twice yearly, beginning each March and October. It’s ideal for students aged about 8-16. It’s 100% free and runs for 8 weeks. Click on this link to sign up for email notifications about the Student Blogging Challenge. Beginning dates will be included once known.

     

Updated ! The Game Changer Challenge

‘Think your school team has what it takes to solve a real-world wicked problem ? Do you want to learn new skills and unlock powerful design thinking tools and processes, while working with leading industry thinkers and having a whole lot of fun along the way ?’.

Key Dates for the challenge are found here. Applications close in August. Present page still shows the 2020 Challenge dates.

  

Updated ! The Quest [Brainways]

‘Each year, inspired by a different overarching theme, the Quest incorporates the main disciplines of Mathematics, Sciences and Humanities in a journey of discovery. The Quest Preliminary Challenge is offered over two days. In partnership with a number of universities, the Quest Challenge is offered in Australia and Internationally. The first step is to nominate your school and be endorsed by a teacher at the school’.

Nominate Your School process is available here. Check available Programs here.

     

Updated ! The Schools Recycle Right Challenge

‘The Schools Recycle Right Challenge runs from early October to mid-November and offers a wide range of recycling themed activities, lesson plans and events ideas that have been developed specifically for Australian schools. The aim of this guide is to assist you in planning your school’s National Recycling Week activities’.

Challenge usually begins in mid-October and runs to the beginning of December. Judging is held a few days later and winners are notified within a few days of the judging. Exact dates for 2021 once these are advised.

The Tasmanian Science & Engineering Challenge

‘The Science and Engineering Challenge is a set of fun and competitive hands-on activities involving principles of science, engineering and technology’.

Hobart : Tues 16 to Fri 19 March; Launceston : Mon 22 and Tues 23 March; Burnie : Thurs 25 and Fri 26 March 2021. State Final will be held on Monday 29 March in Burnie. Places will be limited to eight schools per day and will be allocated on a first-in basis.

  

The Victorian Maths Challenge

‘The Victorian Maths Challenge encourages students and their families to engage in real life, everyday mathematics, through interactive challenges that promote problem solving. Each challenge has been designed as an open-ended maths task requiring limited amounts of time and materials, for families to do at home or out and about’.

No set times. These can be done at any time within the family or at school.

Wakakirri

‘The ultimate performing and visual arts challenge for schools’. There are several Challenges which form part of this.

  

Updated ! Dance School Challenge

Both ‘Dance school groups and Community Groups’ can enter this competition. Full details from the home page.

Registration closing dates are 31st March [Story-Dance Live] and 3rd September [Story-Dance Video] 2021. New ! 2021 Show Dates for all Challenges and venues [none in Northern Territory and Tasmania] can be found on this page..

  

Updated ! Primary School Challenge

‘The aim of Wakakirri is to teach students about themselves and others through the creating and sharing of stories and by this process develop students’ educational outcomes, lifestyle choices and community awareness’.

Registrations are now open and close on 31 March 2021. New ! 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.

     

Updated ! National Screen Challenge
‘The Wakakirri Screen Challenge is inspired by Story Dance but allows schools to take their performance to another level by taking it off the stage and onto the screen’. Both Primary and Secondary Challenges.

Registrations are now open and close on 3 September 2021. New ! 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.

  

Updated ! Secondary School Challenge

‘The Wakakirri Secondary School Challenge is an opportunity for students to explore career pathways in Performing and Creative Arts, Design, and Event Management’.

Registrations are now open and close on 31 March 2021. New ! 2021 Show Dates are found on this page.

     

Wombat Books Illustration Challenge

‘Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. For students finishing Year 12 in 2019 they must submit while they are still at school. Children must have parental permission to be considered for the challenge’. All other details available from the site.

‘This year there are new entry requirements [check the site for details]. Entries’ are now closed for the 2021 Illustration Challenge.

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Competitions

Language

Debating

ACT Debating Union Competitions

‘Debating competitions for school students in the Canberra region’. Different competitions described on this page include the following.

     

The Junior Open Competition

‘The Junior Open Competition caters for students in Years 6-8. Find competition details’ via this page.

Event will be held in Semester 1. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

The Junior Premier Competition

‘The Junior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 5-7. Find competition details’ via this page.

Event will be held in Semester 2. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

The Senior Open Competition

‘The Senior Open Competition caters for students in Years 9-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

The Senior Premier Competition

‘The Senior Premier Competition caters for students in Years 8-10. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Welcome to The Advanced Open Competition

‘The Advanced Open Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

The Advanced Premier Competition

‘The Advanced Premier Competition caters for students in Years 11-12. Find competition details’ via this page.

‘The Semester 1 competitions run from March to June and typically include 6 preliminary rounds and 3 final rounds’. Exact dates once these are advised.

Debaters Association of Victoria

‘Competitions for schools across Victoria. Training and resources for debaters, teachers and adjudicators’. Schools and Junior Secondary Competitions.

Competition details and dates can be found below.

     

British Parliamentary Competition

‘The DAV hosts annual BP competitions for Juniors [Years 7 to 8], Intermediate [Years 9-10] and Seniors [Years 11 to 12]. Each competition takes place over a single day, with students participating in a training session conducted by experienced British Parliamentary debaters, before taking part in a three round tournament of debates’.

This has previously been held in the period August to October. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Monash Asian Studies Debate Competition

‘A debating competition open to students from Years 10-12, in conjunction with the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at Monash University. The topics will focus on contemporary issues relevant to Asia’.

Registration previously closed in late April. Debates previously began in late April and were completed by late July. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Junior Secondary Program

‘An introduction to debating for junior secondary students in Years 7 and 8. The program is designed to provide training in the basic skills and structure of debating whilst also giving students an opportunity to participate in three ‘friendly’ inter-school debates’.

‘The JSP runs over four sessions in Terms 3/4 in various regions throughout Victoria’. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Schools Competition

‘Our focus is to make the competition as inclusive as possible, providing a welcoming but competitive environment for students to hone their skills and build their confidence. The competition is open for students in Years 9 to 12’. Dates and Draws linked from this site. Registration packs sent to schools.

Registration cut-off date previously in late February. Check the Dates and Regions page for dates for each of Rounds 1-5. Finals usually occur during October. Register usig their form for the Online Schools version by 12 February 2021. The first round will be held on 24 February 2021..

  

University of Melbourne Science Week Debate Competition

‘A Debating Competition for students in Years 9 and 10. The topics will focus on contemporary issues in STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths]. This competition is an excellent opportunity for students. Held at University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.

If held in Science Week in 2021, this should be in August. Exact date once this is advised.

Debating - NSW

‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to government schools throughout NSW, with age divisions for teams from Year 5 all the way up to Year 12. In addition, a number of other programs provide opportunities for exceptional debaters in different age groups’. See Specific details below.

        

Premier’s Debating Challenge

This has multiple levels. ‘The Premier’s Debating Challenge is open to all NSW government schools, with the aim of developing the public speaking and reasoning skills of students from Years 5 to 12. The Challenge has four different state-wide age divisions’.

Registration normally ends Years 11 and 12 in mid-February and the other groups in late February. The Years 11 & 12 division runs from March to July with the State Final in early August.The other divisions run from April to November with the State Final held in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Combined High Schools Debating

‘The Combined High Schools took part in a series of debates between teams drawn from the CHS and the three major non-government groupings [Greater Public Schools, Combined Associated Schools and Archdale Representative Schools]’. Year 11 and 12 students.

‘Students are nominated by coaches and adjudicators and selection trials take place at the end of Term 2. The three competition debates take place in Term 3’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Junior State Debating Championships

‘The Junior State Debating Championships provide unique opportunities for talented debating students from NSW government schools in Years 9-10 to engage in debates and workshops within the context of an annual camp’.

‘The Junior State Debating Championships are held over three days at the end of Term 4’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Primary Schools State Debating Championships

‘Ten regions of NSW select their four best primary school debaters to represent them at the Primary Schools State Debating Championships’.

This Championship has previously been held at the beginning of November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Queensland Debating Union
‘We run a variety of programs, including annual debating competitions for grades 5 to 12 in Brisbane and Toowoomba’. Use the links on the right to access information for various groups. Competitions are held for the following - Brisbane Secondary Schools, Junior Secondary Competition and Primary School Competition.

All dates, groups and venues are provided in the QDU Calendar [currently displays the 2020 listing]. Secondary School entries usually close in early February. Notification will be given when 2021 dates are provided..

     

Schools’ Competition Information [SADA]
The UniSA SADA Schools’ Competition. 5 competitions - Junior [Years 5-7]; Intermediate [Years 8-9, Levels A and B] to Senior [Years 10-12, Levels A and B].

Team entries have previously closed in early March. Check the Schools’ Competition Information page for further details [currently displays the 2020 listing].

  

Schools’ Competitions [TDU]

Select “Competition” from the top menu. ‘Open to all secondary schools in southern Tasmania. Divided into six age groups’. The ‘Parliamentary Shield draws together the best debaters from public, independent and private schools around Tasmania’.

‘The schools debating competition normally starts on the second Wednesday in March, with registrations open from the start of the school year until the second last Friday in February’. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! The Evatt Competition

UN Youth Australia. ‘Evatt is a Model United Nations Security Council diplomacy competition for students in Years 9-12. More than 2 000 students compete in Evatt each year. The competition takes the form of a mock session of the UN Security Council. Teams of two students debate, amend, and vote on a prepared resolution from the perspective of their assigned nation. Each state and territory has its own Evatt Competition throughout the school year, with top students in each state going to the National Finals’. Links are provided for all states and territories.

Depending on the state/territory Preliminary Rounds run in the period from July to September. Most state Grand Finals are held in late August and September. Notification will be provided once these are finalised for 2021.

Public Speaking

Debaters Association of Victoria - Public Speaking Competitions

Every year the DAV runs a series of Public Speaking Competitions for students in Years 5 - 12’. Details of all aspects of these can be found on the following pages.

  

Primary School Public Speaking Competition

‘The competition aims to give young speakers the opportunity to put their ideas forward in front of an audience whilst expanding their knowledge of current affairs. Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation’. For students in Years 5 and 6.

Registration previously closed in late August with Speeches submitted in early September. Top ranked students will progress to a finals series. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Junior Public Speaking Competition

‘Students will develop the “building blocks” of public presentation — confidence, clarity, and the development of arguments — which are very important skills both in and out of school’. For students in Years 7 and 8.

Registrations previously closed in mid-May with speeches required within one week of this. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Intermediate Public Speaking Competition

‘Intermediate students [Years 9 and 10] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches’.

Registrations previously closed at the beginning of May with speeches required within one week of this. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Senior Public Speaking Competition

‘Senior students [Years 11 and 12] will be given the opportunity to extend their existing public speaking skills by presenting one prepared and two impromptu speeches [extended times compared to Intermediate students’.

Registrations previously closed at the beginning of May with speeches required within one week of this. Finalists were notified at the end of May. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award

‘The prepared speech is on a topic of the competitor’s choosing on any subject relating to the ideals of voluntary service, social justice, caring, personal effort, personal sacrifice and/or mateship. The speech should have substance which, in the space of time available, should be developed logically to a convincing conclusion. The topic chosen will be broad in nature, capable of a variety of interpretations to suit the experience and background of 12 to 14-year-olds’. There is also an impromptu speech.

See below for State details.

     

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [NSW]

Training/competition for speakers in the 12-14 age group. Topics based on Australian history. In NSW, the competition is run by Updated ! The Arts Unit, Department of Education.

Previously closed for entry in early September. Exact dates for all aspects once these are advised.

     

Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [Melbourne]

‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.

Registration has previously closed at the end of April. regional Finals held between the end of May and the second half of August. Information will be provided once 2021 dates have been finalised.

     

New ! Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award [South Australia]

‘The Legacy Junior Public Speaking Award is aimed at enhancing the oral communication and public speaking skills of secondary students aged 12 to 14 years, and help young people appreciate the ideals of Legacy – voluntary service, caring, mateship and remembrance’.

Exact details will be provided once 2021 dates have been finalised.

  

Updated ! Plain English Speaking Award

‘The award aims to encourage and maintain the best use of clear effective spoken English. PESA is a public-speaking competition for students aged 15-18 years’. Details on the site. Often run in each state by the Government Education Department [e.g. ACT, NSW [see below as well], South Australia, Updated ! Victoria, and Updated ! Western Australia].

See individual links for specific details, though most seem to have run events around May.

Public Speaking

Calendar, competitions, resources, more. NSW Department of Education Arts Unit. Includes the following competitions, plus others previously listed.

  

Multicultural Perspectives Public Speaking Competition

‘Encouraging primary school students to explore ideas of multiculturalism in Australia, as well as giving them a place to practice their public speaking skills and improve their confidence’.

Details for individual events are given below.

  

The Plain English Speaking Award

‘The Plain English Speaking Award has provided an invaluable opportunity for NSW senior students to improve their confidence and to develop their speech writing and public speaking skills’.

Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! Secondary Schools’ Public Speaking Competition [Queensland]

The English Speaking Union. ‘This competition requires students to speak on a subject of their choice inspired by a broad ESU nominated topic connected to ESU’s philosophy. Students in the Grand Finals will speak to new nominated topics for the required Prepared and Impromptu speaking section’.

Finals for competitions which ran in 2020 were held in October. Exact dates once these are advised for each of the three groups - Senior, Intermediate and Junior.

  

Updated ! Voice - UN Youth Australia

‘Voice is a unique public speaking competition for students in Year 7-10. Voice invites you to solve issues that affect your community, nation, and the world. From homelessness to climate change, we want to hear you pitch your big ideas’. Links are provided to each state body, e.g. NSW and Updated ! Queensland.

Check the link for your state to see exact dates, venues and procedures. Some offer an option to use an Expression of Interest form so you are guaranteed details as required.

  

Voice of Youth

‘The competition is divided into Junior and Senior Divisions. Junior students must be at least 11 and in years 7, 8 or 9 as at 1st January. Senior students must be under 18 years of age and in years 10, 11 or 12 at 1st January. Seniors speak for eight minutes and Juniors for six minutes’. Operates in all states [use links on the site]. Run by Rostrum.

‘Each state runs its own set of heats and finals. Competition dates and entry requirements vary from state to state - refer to your state information page for more detail’. None appear to have 2021 data at this time. Notification will be made once these appear.

Spelling

The Premier’s Spelling Bee [NSW]

‘The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is a fun way to encourage literacy amongst public primary school children’. Open to Primary school students in Years 3-6.

Registration previously opened in April and closed early in July. Activities took place in August and September, with the Final in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

New ! The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee
‘The inaugural PM’s Spelling Bee is planned to run in term one by free classroom educational literacy site KidsNews. and is open to all students across Australia in Grades 3 to Year. The PM’s Spelling Bee will be a digital competition run online in school classrooms8’.

Previously planned [in 2020] to run as follows. Registration from late February to mid-March. Spelling Bee during the second half of March. State/Territory Finals at the end of April. National Final in early May 2021. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Word Mania
‘Word Mania is a word-building challenge that’s easy to play but tough to master. Race against the clock to build as many words as you can from 15 letters in just three minutes, and help your school reach the top of the leaderboards ! The competition is by year level and open to Years 1 to 9. Play and raise funds for the Australian Literacy & Numeracy Foundation !’.

Check the Word Mania Australia FAQ page for all details. Currently still showing 2020 details. Other dates once these are advised.

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Writing

     

Adelaide Plains Poets Poetry Competition

‘Work entered in this competition must be original, in English, unpublished and not have won a prize in any other competition. Authors retain copyright. Theme is Location. Poems entered must in some way refer to the theme’. School [primary and secondary] student entry is free. One poem of no more than 60 lines.

Entries previously opened in Term 1 and closed around the end of June. Judges Report given in August. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! Australian Writers’ Resource - Competitions

Competitions done in Closing Date order. Not all are for students or young people, but all have a clear indication of age range and topic/format. New listings this Month are at the top of the home page

Competitions listed in months corresponding to closing dates.

  

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

Anthem Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Anthem’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. Beginning this year, we have two Anthem contests for two sets of grade levels.

Entry Deadline is 29 April, 2021. ‘We [then] typically contact all the Anthem contest entrants by July of the contest year’.

   - Also includes students and non-students up to the age of 25.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Essays will be judged on whether the student is able to argue for and justify his or her view—not on whether the Institute agrees with the view the student expresses. Theme : one of three set questions on Atlas Shrugged’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. This contest is for students and non-students up to the age of 25.

Entry Deadline is 27 September, 2021. ‘We [then] typically contact all the Atlas Shrugged contest entrants by [the following] January of the contest year’.

Ayn Rand Essay Contest 2020

The Fountainhead Essay Contest. ‘The Ayn Rand Institute has held worldwide essay contests for students on Ayn Rand’s fiction for more than thirty years. Theme & one of three set questions on The Fountainhead’. There are separate prizes for Australian entrants. This contest is for students in Years 11-12.

Entry Deadline is 29 April, 2021. ‘We [then] typically contact all the The Fountainhead contest entrants by July of the contest year’.

     

CYA Hatchlings
‘All writers/illustrators who are between 8 - 18 years old, who have not been published in book format within the CYA genres’.

Entries opened in January and close on 4 April 2021. Competition shortlists will be announced on 20 June. Winners were announced at the CYA Conference in early July. Exact date once this is advised.

     

Updated ! Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards
‘The oldest and largest poetry competition for school aged children in Australia’.

Entries previously accepted March 1 to June 30, results announced during early September. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! Education Perfect [EP] English Championships

‘The EP English Championships [EPEC] designed to create a fun learning environment to engage students in learning English, foster healthy competition amongst students and provide an opportunity to acknowledge and reward academic success in schools’.

The Competition will be held in July 2021. Exact date [plus any other relevant ones] once this is advised.

     

Everything is a Genre Competition

8 to 18 years of age. ‘We’re starting a new competition category to coincide with our inaugural day for authors of all genres and ages’. Extensive details available from the site. Be sure to check the Guidelines link at the bottom for further details including dates.

Competition previously closed in mid-April. Winners were announced at the CYA Conference in early July. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

FAW NSW Hilarie Lindsay Young Writers

Short Story Competition for Australian School Children. ‘Entries are sought in four sections corresponding to different year groupings’.

Competition previously closed at the end of August with winners announced at the beginning of November. Exact dates once these are advised.

FAW Tasmania - Nairda Lyne Award

‘For an original, unpublished short story suitable for children aged 8-12 years’.

Entries close on 31 March 2021 for the 2021 competition. Results will be announced at the FAW August general meeting and prizewinners will be notified.

Future Leaders Writing Prize

‘Designed to recognise and reward talented young writers. It aims to encourage expressive and creative writing. Australian Year 11 and 12 students are invited to submit a piece of writing [800 to 1 000 words]. The essays can be fiction or non-fiction and on any topic’.

Competition submission previously required by the end of May. Further details via the Download PDF link. At present, this still shows 2020 information.

GC O’Donnell Essay Prize

‘A prize of $3 500 will be awarded to the author of an essay displaying original thinking on a topic of the author’s choice regarding copyright and the protection of the interests of authors. The competition is open to any interested persons including authors, lawyers and students’. Biennial competition.

This is a Biennial Competition. The next event should run in 2021. No details available as yet.

     

International English Olympiad

The ‘International English Olympiad is an attempt to not only locate the best talent in the world when it comes to the English language, it is supposed to be a measuring stick for students to assess where they stand in comparison to other students around the world, to give themselves, their parents, and their teachers a chance to focus on problem areas and improve upon them and to move ahead of the competition’. Grouped in four levels covering Years 5-12.

The event was held 8 November 2020 online. All efforts are made to declare the results within 4 weeks from the date of the test.

     

International Essay Contest for Young People

The Oi Peace Foundation. ‘This annual essay contest is organised in an effort to harness the energy, creativity and initiative of the world’s youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world. This program is an activity within the framework of the UNESCO Global Action Program [GAP] on Education for Sustainable Development [ESD]’.

Competition has now been completed for 2020.

     

International Poetry Writing Competition [Ipswich Poetry Feast]

‘An annual poetry writing competition giving poets of all ages the opportunity to compete. Widely promoted to schools, libraries and the general community’. All details and guidelines available from the site.

Entries previously to be submitted between late April and the end of July. Winners announced at the beginning of November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Little Black Dress Spooky Story Competition

‘Spooky story submissions may involve paranormal or supernatural themes, including magic, ghosts, spirits or altered states of realism. Youth section [8-18 years of age] open to both WA and interstate writers’. Free to enter. This has a maximum 500 words. Now has a small entry fee.

Entries are currently open with a deadline of 28 March 2021. Winners previously announced at the end of August. Exact date once this is advised.

     

Updated ! Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre Poetry Competition

‘Open to Australian residents and citizens only’. There is a youth section [10-18 years of age] which is free to enter. This has a line count of 50 lines of poetry.

Entries previously closed in early October. Winners previously announced on Katharine Susannah Prichard’s birthday on 1 December. Exact dates once these are advised.

    

Laura Literary Awards

There are both Poetry and Prose sections with various age levels. Run by a group in South Australia. No entry fee for school students. All necessary details on the entry form.

Entries close for the Laura Literary Awards 2021 on Friday 7 May 2021. Winners will be personally notified by email.

National Child Writes Competition

‘Unlike previous years, where the competition was opened for a certain period of time during the school year, now it is open until we reach 500 entries. The National Child Writes competition is open to all Australian 10 year old writers and illustrators. The judges will be looking for originality, creativity and character, as well as correct punctuation and grammar for writers and consistency of artistic skills for illustrators’. Small entry fee. All other details available from the site.

The overall competition will close as soon as the 500th entry is received or at the end of the school year, whichever is first. Regular updates about the number of entries will be made via www.facebook.com/ChildWrites.

     

Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing

‘Stay tuned, the exciting new format for the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing will be revealed soon, bigger and better than ever’. An Open competition, Australia wide [entry fee] and a Local competition, for people who live, work or study in the Shire of Nillumbik [entry is free]. Entrants must be 18+ at time of entry.

Information about the 2021 status of this competition is still to be found. Information will be added as soon as possible.

  

Updated ! OutLoud Eco!Slam!

‘Schools develop, edit, rehearse and polish an original spoken word poetry performance and then present their pieces to professional judges. There’s a two-minute limit with both Secondary AND Primary schools invited to enter’.

Previous link is found here.

Melbourne Writers Festival will be held from 3-12 September 2021. Exact dates for each once these are advised.

Updated ! Oxford Australian Children’s Word of the Year

‘Proudly partnering with Storyathon. ’ Entry information and other relevant details from the site.

Entries previously opened before July and closed in the second half of September. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

OzKids Literature Program

Covers all year levels [3 sections]. ‘This is your chance to have your work assessed by our panel of authors and published in our quarterly magazine’.

Closing Date for the next competition is Friday, 17th September, 2021.

     

Patrick White Indigenous Writing Awards
‘ These awards are open to all Indigenous Australian students in NSW from Kindergarten through to Year 12, with a Group Competition for Years K – 3’.

Applications for this competition close at the end of Term 3 each Year. Entry details are found here.

  

Poetry Object

‘Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people, with over $10 000 in prizes to be won ! Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting young writers [Years 3-10] and their teachers to create poems inspired by treasured, curious or talismanic objects’.

Submissions previously opened in the second half of March and closed in late May. A Short List was announced in October and Winners in late November/Early December. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! QIEU Literary Competition

‘The competition is open to entrants from students [Years 5-12] and teachers in Queensland state and independent schools and Northern Territory independent schools. Poster and Entry Form available’ from the site.

Details for the 2021 Literary Competition will be announced soon.

  

Redgum Young Writers Award

‘Designed to discover the talent of children aged between 9 and 13 years of age. This award seeks to develop the writing skills of this particular age group and assist these children to find their unique voice through storytelling. The award can be entered by individuals, or by schools as part of their writing programs’.

Check for a closing date which previously has been in mid-December with a short list announced in the following February and winners announced in March.

     

SAETA Young Writers Award

‘The Young Writers Award is open to all South Australian students. It is free of a topic. You may write poetry or prose, up to 1 000 words. There are categories from Reception to Year 12’.

Closing date for entries is Friday 21 May 2021. Winners will be announced on 20 August 2021.

  

New ! Storyathon [Let’s Write Microstories]

‘STORYATHON is an exciting and free online event for Year 3 to Year 8 from Australia and New Zealand. Students are challenged to write a story that is EXACTLY 100 words. They’re tiny narratives challenging students to tighten their language, experiment with words and focus their message. Fewer characters, fewer events, a better eye for detail !’ Entry information and other relevant details from the site.

Storyathon runs once each term. You can choose how often you would like to participate - there is no obligation to participate every term. Students may create up to three stories each term.

  

Storyfest National Novella Writing Competition

‘Open to all Australian high school students. Supported by Bond University and Penguin Group’. [Previously listed as the Storyfest Novella Writing Competition.]

State Winners will attend the Somerset Storyfest, 17-19 March 2021. Entries for the next competition [2021-2] will open in late July and close at the beginning of December. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Somerset National Poetry Prize

‘The purpose is to encourage a love of writing poetry amongst secondary school students, to affirm it as a worthwhile literary pursuit, and to stimulate excellence in writing. It also aims to inspire and enrich youth literature’.

State Winners will attend the Somerset Storyfest, 17-19 March 2021. Entries for the next competition [2021-2] will open in late July and close at the beginning of December. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Student Bush Poetry

The Royal Queensland Show [EKKA]. ‘Pint-sized poets can take to the stage and showcase their favourite poetry in Ekka’s Student Bush Poetry Competition [Students]. Students can compete in classes for established or original poems and have six minutes to belt out their bush ballads to a live audience’.

Planning is now underway for the 2021 show. Exact dates for the competition will be added once advised.

The Andy Griffiths Kids Writing Competition

‘Open to Australian primary school students. Word limit is 400 words. Judged by the one and only Andy Griffiths !

Winners were previously announced at the end of November. Exact date once this is advised.

  

The ISF-UNESCO Short Story Competition

‘With the aim to foster imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation [ISF] launch the World Tales Short Story Competition in close collaboration with the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO [ICCAR]. Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives. Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old [inclusive]. The Competition is open to all regardless of their nationality or city of residence. A second page link is found here and provides full details of the competition.

All Gold, Silver and Bronze laureates will be invited to participate in an online ceremony in April or May 2021. Closing date for the next competition’s entries should be in December 2021. Actual dates for the next competition as soon as these are advised.

  

The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers

‘The Hachette Australia Prize for Young Writers is a developmental award open to Australian secondary school-aged students across the nation. The prize recognises writing excellence in three categories : Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Poetry. Entries can include writing for readers of any age’. .

Entries previously had to be submitted by mid-August. Shortlisted entrants attend an event in October. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

‘The Competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their story and have their voice heard - all whilst developing key skills’. More details can be found in the New ! Terms and Conditions.

Previously ‘all online entries had to be submitted on 30 June and offline entries had to arrive at the London offices by 30 May or they will not be counted’. Exact dates once these are advised.

The Wombat Award

Henry Lawson Memorial & Literary Society. ‘Kids 12 years and under are invited to enter up to three poems for a chance to win one of three prizes. The school libraries of the prize winners will also receive children’s titles from Ford St Publishing’.

Entries previously opened in September of the previous year and closed at the end of April in the current year. Winners are announced in June of the current year. No details relating to 2021 are currently available. Monitor for further information.

     

Tim Winton Award for Young Writers

‘The award is open to Western Australian school students aged five to eighteen. Submissions must be an original piece of writing, no more than 2 000 words in length and be the sole work of the entrant’. Multiple age groups.

Entries previously opened in the second half of July and closed in the middle of August. Finalists were announced in late September with an exhibition of winning entries in October and early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

What Matters ? Competition [Whitlam Institute]

‘A writing competition that gives Year 5 - 12 students in NSW, Victoria, ACT, WA and Tasmania a chance to say what matters to them in society today’.

Competition previously opened in late January and closed in early May. Winners were announced in August and Presentations were in early September. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! Write a Book in a Day

Write a Book in a Day is a unique, creative and challenging team competition for writers of all ages. Teams of up to 10 have just 12 hours to complete a book from start to finish. To make it even more fun, unique parameters must be included in the story’.

Registration previously opened at the beginning of May and closed at the end of September. Competition commenced at the beginning of June and closed at the end of September. Winners are notified by email and on the competition site. Exact dates once these are advised.

Updated ! WriteOn

‘WriteOn is an annual writing competition for NSW students in Years 1 to 6. WriteOn is designed to encourage young students to develop their writing skills in an engaging way’. NESA.

Entries previously closed in early July. Winners were presented with awards in the last week of August. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Write the World

‘Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers’. For topics see their Upcoming Writing Competitions page.

January to August topics for 2021 are already listed.

‘Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction’.

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Mathematics

2020 WA Junior Mathematics Olympiad

‘The aim of the competition is to identify the most gifted students in mathematics. The competition is designed for all bright Year 8 and 9 and exceptional Year 7 students. No calculators. Brains only’.

Previously run late in October [Individual and Team Papers] with a Prize ceremony in early November. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! Australasian Problem Solving Mathematical Olympiads

‘A competition for students in Years 5 and 6 of primary schools and Years 7 and 8 of secondary schools from around Australia and New Zealand. It is aimed at challenging participants’ maths problem solving abilities’. Registration and further information from the site.

2021 Registration is now open. 2021 Olympiads Competition dates are 24 March, 5 May, 16 June, 28 July and 8 September. Details about Awards are found on the Results & Awards page.

 Australian Mathematics Trust

‘The Australian Mathematics Trust is a leading provider of mathematics and algorithmics enrichment programs and global competitions. We hold mathematics and algorithmics competitions, administer enrichment activities, conduct workshops for students and teachers, and publish books on mathematical enrichment for Australian and international students’. Not included is the Australian Mathematical Olympiad - ‘Around 200 students are invited to participate in this event from Australia and New Zealand’.

The Australian Informatics Olympiad, Australian Invitational Informatics Olympiad, Computational and Algorithmic Thinking [CAT] as well as the Oxford University Computing Challenge are also run by the Australian Mathematics Trust and are listed as a group under the Australian Mathematics Trust heading in the Technology section of the Competitions pages.

Competitions are listed below.

     

New ! Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad

‘This four-hour contest is designed to stretch talented students. It is suited to years 7 to 10 level and particularly for those who have completed Maths Enrichment [Gauss or Noether level]; are high achievers in the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]; students who have acquired knowledge in Olympiad problem solving. We also use the Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad [AIMO] as one of the competitions to determine which students are selected to a number of invitation only events’.

Entries close 2 September 2021 [Online]. Competition is held on Thursday 9 September 2021.

        

Australian Mathematics Competition

‘For students of all standards. Students are asked to solve thirty problems in 60 minutes [Years 3 to 6] or 75 minutes [Years 7 to 12]. There is an entry fee, but this is modest’. Two modes : online and pen/paper.

Entries close 25 June [Paper] and 30 July 2021 [Online]. Competition is held Wednesday 4 to Friday 6 August 2021.

        

Kangourou sans Frontières [KSF]

‘An online maths competition for years 3–12 in Australian schools. KSF is a great lead-up event for the Australian Mathematics Competition [AMC]. Entry only available when packaged with at least the AMC’.

KSF will be held online on 18 March 2021. Entry closing dates are 1 March [KSF, CAT and AMC Bundle] and 15 March 2021 [KSF and AMC Bundle].

     

Updated ! Maths Challenge for Young Australians

‘Targets the top 20 per cent of primary students in Years 5 and 6 [also 3 and 4 in the Challenge Stage], and secondary students in Years 7 to 10. One of three modules including Maths Enrichment and Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad that can be taken independently of each other or as a progressive course’. Further information can be found New ! here. Note : Late entries may be processed but materials cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the event date.

The Challenge can be held over 3-4 weeks in the period March to June. School results to be submitted by 25 June 2021.

     

New ! Maths Enrichment for Young Australians

‘One of three modules including the Maths Challenge and Australian Intermediate Mathematics Olympiad that can be taken independently of each other or as a progressive course. Each student participates in one stage. The stages are in order of difficulty with general year level recommendations’. Full details, including stages, from the site. Note : Late entries may be processed but materials cannot be guaranteed to arrive by the event date.

The Enrichment can be held over 12-16 weeks in the period April to October. School results to be submitted by 14 October 2021.

  

Updated ! Education Perfect [EP] - Maths Championships

One of a series of Championships covering a variety of areas. Points gained can be accumulated from multiple championships towards overall achievement both as schools and individual students.

The Competition will be held in September 2021. Exact date [plus any other relevant ones] once this is advised.

  

Updated ! Have Sum Fun Online

MAWA. ‘HSFOL is designed to foster mathematical problem solving for students in Years 3-10 across Australia. Teams can log on at any time during each set week and have an hour to complete each round’.

These will be held as follows : Term 2 - Years 5-10, 24 May to 11 June 2021; Term 3 - Years 3-10, 9-27 August 2021; Term 4 - Years 3-10, 25 October to 12 November 2021. Registration Instructions are found here.

  

IM2C International Mathematical Modeling Challenge

The Australian Challenge. ‘The International Mathematical Modeling Challenge is a new team-based mathematical competition for Australian secondary students. Constrained to a period of five consecutive days, teams unpack the given problem, hypothesise, test, and develop a working solution, before preparing and submitting a report on their solution to the Australian judging panel’.

IM²C will take place in Australia between 8 March – 30 March 2021. Register for a free information pack.

Updated ! Matific - The Australian and New Zealand Maths Games

‘The Matific Maths Games is a friendly online maths competition aimed at improving students confidence and maths skills. Any primary school with a minimum of 100 students or class with a minimum of 10 students can participate in the Matific Maths Games’.

Previously, Registration opened in mid-July and ended in mid-August. The last week before close of registration was a ‘Warm up’ week. The Games run on the following two days. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

MAT Problem Solving Competition

‘The event consists of a set of mathematical problems which aim to test the student’s logic. There are normally 12 questions for each of the three divisions [Junior - Years 7 & 8; Intermediate - Years 9 & 10; Senior - Years 11 & 12]’.

Entry and Payment due on or before 15 March 2021. The MAT Problem Solving Competition will be held in-school on 18 March 2021.

M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition [Tasmania]

‘The M. L. Urquhart Mathematics Competition is an annual problem solving competition for Tasmanian students in Years 11 and 12. This Competition is the most mathematically demanding of competitions conducted by the Association. Students have three hours in which to attempt five questions’.

The Competition will be held on 11-15 October 2021. Other details from Mathematical Association of Tasmania.

Updated ! National Mathematics Talent Quest

‘The National Mathematics Talent Quest is unique in Australia. The quest accepts the top entries from states and territories across Australia. For those states that don’t have a local competition, schools are welcome to enter their student’s investigations through the Mathematical Association of Victoria’s competition’. Entries come from the following competitions.

State and Territory details listed below. Nominated dates for several state rounds are found on this page.

        

Investigating with Mathematics

‘The purpose of the investigation is to explore ‘real-life’ situations and problems to engage students and teachers in mathematics. It involves students formulating their own questions from a given situation. Investigating with Mathematics tasks meet Working Mathematically syllabus outcomes as well as outcomes in the strands in which the investigation takes place. All students from Kindergarten to Year 12 in NSW are eligible to enter’.

Registration previously opened early in March and closed at the beginning of August. Zoom Information Session in late May. Entries to be uploaded in early August. Judging held in mid-August. Awards Ceremony early September, National Judging mid-September and National Awards Ceremony in October. Exact dates once these are advised..

        

Maths Talent Quest

MAV, Victoria. ‘All Victoria and Tasmanian students from the Early Years to Year 12 can enter the Maths Talent Quest. Entry is open to individuals, small groups or classes from Prep-12 and are categorised into year levels from Prep to Year 9 with a combined year 10 -12 level. Certain winners will also qualify for the National Maths Talent Quest where winners will also be announced at the MTQ Awards Ceremony’. In 2021 we will continue will a digital format and online judging system.

Registration opens 19 April and close 26 July, 2021. Online delivery for State-wide MTQ is 9 August, 2021 before 3pm. Online judging will take place from 16-20 August 2021. Award Ceremony date to be finalised. Exact date once this is advised.

        

Maths Talent Quest [MAWA]

Western Australia. ‘Open to all primary and secondary students, the Maths Talent Quest aims to promote interest in Mathematics and foster positive attitudes amongst students, teachers and parents. The Maths Talent Quest is categorised into year levels from Foundation to year 9 and a combined Years 10-12 level. Children in early years settings are also welcome to enter the MTQ, these entries will be entered at a Foundation level’.

Registrations previously opened in early May and closed in early August. Entries submitted in mid-August with judging done immediately afterwards. Entries to be picked up in late August. National Judging in early September. Exact dates once these are advised. [See National Mathematics Talent Quest link above.].

        

Updated ! Queensland Science Contest [Mathematical Investigations]

‘The Queensland Science Contest is an opportunity for Queensland students from Prep to Grade 12 to have their [scientific] work judged for awards and prizes’. Select the Mathematical Investigation category for this process.

Online entry was previously done by early October within several days of this. Award Ceremony held in late October. Check re changes after 2020 Covid affected process. Exact dates once these are advised. [See National Mathematics Talent Quest link above.]

        

South Australian Maths Talent Quest [Primary R-7]

‘The best of these entries will then be entered into the [NMTQ] National Maths Talent Quest’. There are three levels. This is the Primary level. There is also the Junior Secondary Mathematics Enrichment Project and the South Australian Mathematics Talent Quest [Senior Division].

2021 details are not yet available. However, if you check the Key Dates and Details page from 2020, they will give a clear indication of when these are likely to occur. An update will be indicated once this is available. [See National Mathematics Talent Quest link above.]

     

SA School Mathematics Competition

‘For South Australian students in Years -12’. All other details from the site.

Pre-COVID [2020] Entries opened from the beginning of the school year and closed in late February. Event was held in the second half of March with the Presentation Night held in the second half of June. Exact dates [even if there is a continuance of the date changes from 2020] once advised.

  

Updated ! School Mathematics Competition : The University of Melbourne

‘The competition is of a demanding standard, designed to identify real mathematical talent. The competition is separated into three divisions : Junior Division - Students in Years 7 and 8; Intermediate Division - Students in Years 9 and 10; Senior Division - Students in Years 11 and 12’.

Following the cancellation of the event in 2020, the competition will now be held on 5 May 2021. Other dates once these are advised.

  

The UNSW School Mathematics Competition

‘Secondary school students in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. Two divisions : Junior, up to and including Year 10, and Senior, Years 11 and 12. Designed to assess mathematical insight and ingenuity rather than efficiency in tackling routine examples’.

Packs previously sent to schools in March. Entries then closed in mid-May with competition held in the first half of June. Prize ceremony held in mid to late September. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

The University of Queensland/QAMT Year 5/6 & 7/8 Quiz

Other relevant details are found on the site. ‘Schools that have registered teams will receive further information on running the Quiz, the Quiz PowerPoint, Quiz files for printing, and ‘official certificates’ for their students’.

Previously Round 1 ran from mid-July to early August, Round 2 from later in August to early September. Final was held in Week 3, Term 4 at the University of Queensland. Exact dates once these are advised.

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Other Areas

  

Country to Canberra’s Leadership Competition

‘At least 15 young women will win a once-in-a-lifetime all-expenses paid ‘Power Trip’ prize to Canberra to meet inspiring politicians and CEOs, attend exclusive events, tour Parliament, receive leadership and public speaking training and so much more ’. Years 10-12. Note the Eligibility Criteria.

Power Trip currently planned for 28 November-2 December 2020 but prize may come in a form other than travel.

     

Updated ! Decathlon 2021

‘The da Vinci Decathlon is an academic competition designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of school students. Students compete in teams of eight across 10 disciplines. It is open to students from Years 5 to 11’. There are local and state competitions as well as the national one.

All details from 2021 dates [Regional, State, National and even International], venues and more can be found on the New ! Events page.

     

Ekka : Education - Competitions

This page provides access to all competitions in the Education sector of EKKA. Each provides all relevant details for what is required including dates, etc..

Two examples of the various competitions are provided below. A third [Student Bush Poetry] is found in the Language section.

        

Ekka : Education on Show Competition

‘A competition devoted to showcasing work by Queensland students [Prep to Year 12] and covers a wide range of contemporary curriculum related skills and activities. The theme for 2020 is Farming : Looking Forward and Looking Back – the beauty of the four seasons’.

Planning is now underway for the 2021 show. Dates and related information will be added as soon as they are advised.

     

Updated ! Ekka : School Garden Competition

‘The School Garden Competition is a great opportunity for school students to learn and apply their gardening skills in a fun, competitive environment and win fantastic prizes for their school. Open to both primary and secondary students though it is aligned for Year 2 students’.

Planning is now underway for the 2021 show. Dates and related information will be added as soon as they are advised.

     

Ethics Olympiad

‘The Ethics Olympiad makes an exciting and educationally important international experience integral to an academic competition incorporating core elements of both the Ethics Bowl and Philosothon, two innovative approaches to teaching ethics hugely popular with students and acclaimed widely by educators’. More on New ! How it works is found here. Information for Junior Schools is found here.

Details, including dates for all states and territories [and New Zealand] are found at this link for the New !  2021 Senior School Ethics Olympiad [May 2021] and here for the New ! 2021 Middle School Ethics Olympiad.

  

First Pitch

Australia’s largest national entrepreneurship competition for kids ages 8-13. ‘We’re shining the spotlight on our young Australian entrepreneurs, who have a real passion and want to show us what they’re made of. Are you a budding inventor ? A quirky scientist ? A creative artist ? An aspiring engineer ? A magical math mind ? An ideas person ? The possibilities are endless. Submit your 3 minute pitch by the deadline’.

Previously entries [done online] closed at the beginning of October. State Finalists were notified one week later and the National Final was held at the end of October. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Updated ! Front Page

The News of the Future - Schools Competition. ‘Front Page is an initiative of Nine and Australian Teachers of Media [ATOM]. It provides Australian schools and classes with the opportunity to create and submit a short school newspaper, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The competition includes three age-group categories. Schools that intend to enter Front Page will be able to access a free digital subscription to The Age or The Sydney Morning Herald, accessible to all students and staff members within their school’.

Previously entries closed in the second half of August. Winners were contacted by email and then announced at the SAE Atom Awards held in the early part of November. Exact dates once these are advised.

Goethe-Institut Year 10 Awards [Student Scholarships]
‘The Goethe-Instituts invite promising Year 10 students of German from schools to apply for the Student Scholarships’. Separate competitions apply for NSW/ACT and Victoria, each in conjunction with the German Teachers Association in that area. Only 2 applications per school. [Bottom, right on this page].

Winners from 2020 receive a trip to Germany in June/July of 2021. Applications from ACT, NSW, Victoria and Western Australia have been moved to the second half of the year. Further details once these are provided.

High School Mooting Competition

Bond University. ‘The competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. Entry is targeted towards Year 11 and 12 students’.

‘We have been working incredibly hard behind the scenes to actively work out how best to proceed with the upcoming National High School Mooting Competition. Due to a number of unknown restraints, the unfortunate decision has been made to not host the National High School Mooting Competition in 2021. We thank you for your understanding’..

     

ICAS

‘Independent skills-based assessments with a competition element. The most comprehensive generally available suite of academic assessments and school tests for primary and secondary school students’. Run by Educational Assessment Australia UNSW. .

The New ! Dates page includes 2021 information on the Official Sitting Window, Closing Date for Schools to Sign Up to PPS, Closing Date for Parents to Purchase via PPS and Closing Date for Schools to Purchase via Shop, for all four areas that are covered [Writing & Digital Technologies, English, Science & Spelling Bee and Mathematics].

     

Updated ! Languages Championships - Education Perfect [EP]

‘The Championship is a 7-day online event celebrating learning and achievement in Languages. With approximately 200 000 participants each year, this is a great opportunity to inspire your students’ language learning while they compete on a global scale’.

Full dates for 2021 are still to be confirmed but it is indicated the competition will be held in March. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! Little Big Idea

‘The big competition for inventive little kids. Our judges will select 12 finalists in mid-October. Each will be invited to a day-long workshop in Melbourne. They’ll be guided on how to refine their invention, and how to put together a final video pitch. From these video pitches, our judges will declare the 3 winners. Want to stay updated for littleBIGidea in 2019 ? Register your interest so we can keep you posted’.

‘Competition opens mid 2021’. All dates once these are advised.

  

Updated ! MLTANSW Linguafest

‘Students need to create and submit a short film which should be submitted using the relevant link. The film should be based on the nominated theme. Following the format of the Tropfest competition, somewhere in the film, students need to have a particular object. The teacher/school submitting the film MUST be a CURRENT [financial] member of the MLTANSW in order to access the information’.

Closing date for entries has previously been mid to late September. Finalist films will be screened towards the end of Term 4. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Mock Trial Competition [The Law Society of NSW]

‘Open to schools across NSW for students in Years 10 and 11, the program aims to introduce students to the NSW judicial system by providing practical experience into the running of a court case in a true-to-life adversarial setting. Students learn advocacy, debating and problem-solving skills’. Years 10-11.

School Registrations are now open. The competition runs from 23 February - 26 November 2021. The first four rounds are held in the ten regions from February to late June. The top 64 teams then compete on a knockout basis until the Grand Final. Use the “Find out More” link. Monitor for further details.

  

Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of South Australia]

‘The Law Society of South Australia Mock Trial Competition comprises a series of simulated court cases contested by students from years 10, 11 or 12 and is designed to bring young South Australians closer to the workings of our State’s legal system while teaching them to present a persuasive argument’. Years 10-12.

Registrations close on 2 March 2021. The New ! Mock Trial Manual provides all relevant information including 2021 Key Dates [page 3] and Contact.

  

Mock Trial Competition [Law Society of Western Australia]

‘The Mock Trial Competition provides an enjoyable, dynamic way of introducing students to the law. It provides students with an opportunity to learn valuable skills in research and the development and presentation of a persuasive argument. The cases are presented by two teams – a prosecution/plaintiff team and a defence team – made up of students playing the roles of barristers, solicitors, witnesses and court officials’. Years 10-12.

The Dates page covers all Rounds including Finals and Grand Final. Currently shows 2020 but should update shortly. This will be indicated once this has happened.

  

NSW Negotiations Competition [UN Youth]

‘The competition takes the form of several rounds of formal negotiations over disputed topics between teams. Each individual structured negotiation consists of two teams of two students, representing their respective nations, proposing and debating solutions to find mutually beneficial resolutions to disagreements based in real-world situations’.

‘The Negotiations Competition is open to all students in Years 10 -12 and is estimated to be held in Term 3 of 2021’. All dates once these are advised.

One More Page

Linked with a children’s book podcast called ‘One More Page’. It’s all about kids’ books with author interviews, book reviews and more. Every fortnight we have a competition which includes prize giveaways ’.

A new competition is offered every fortnight. The site provides details about when entries close for each competition.

     

Panda Competition

‘Conducted every year by the Australia China Friendship Society and is open to students from Preschools, Primary schools and High schools’ in the ACT and Queanbeyan.

Entries previously had to be received by late September. Exact date once this is advised.

     

Updated ! Perth Royal Show - Schools Competitions

‘The Schools Competitions encourage schools and students to gain involvement and knowledge in all aspects of horticulture, sustainability and agriculture, as well as encourage their interest through researching and learning about these fields. We would like to create an interest in the next generation about agriculture and the significant role it plays in the world. There are currently 6 competitions to get involved in’.

Entries, depending on the specific competition, had to be submitted between the end of July and the middle of August. Results announced and awards distributed after the show concludes. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

Philosothon

‘Held in Australian states. The rationale for the Philosothon methodology is based on empirical evidence that teaching children reasoning skills early in life greatly improves other cognitive and academic skills and greatly assists learning in general. Cost covers registration, accommodation and food over the two/three days’.

Previously teams had to register by the end of June. Student names and email addresses required by late August, Judges met in September and the Australian Philosothon was held at the end of September. Monitor the New ! Calendar page to see when they will occur in 2021 [at time of entry still showed 2020 dates]. Notification will be made here when the change occurs.

Updated ! Say No to Bullying Poster Competition

2020 Theme : Celebrate our differences and create a colourful world. The aim of this competition is to raise awareness of bullying and to assist schools and organisations to identify and address bullying behaviours in their communities. We are working with you to build a community of upstanders who will say no to bullying’.

Participation Packs previously sent at the beginning of Term 1 with entries closing at the end of March. Finalists announced and schools notified in April. Schools notified of winners and an Awards Ceremony held in June. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

School Competitions [Royal Agricultural Society of NSW]

‘Competitions take place as trials at school and culminate in an excursion to the Sydney Royal Easter Show to compete against schools across NSW. They cater for all schools in metropolitan, regional or rural areas – regardless of school size and resources. All Competitions offer FREE entry for schools’.

Competitions open in November for the Show held over the Easter period in 2021. For other details check the “Key Dates and Schedules” item in the menu of each competition page.

  

Schools for Sustainability

‘Teams of students from Years 7 to12 explore the ecological situation in their place of residence, street or school. With concrete ideas and actions, they draw the public’s attention to the existing ecological situation. To conclude, they must submit project documentation’. Some teaching materials are available from the site.

Entries previously closed in early June with submissions required by late September. Exact dates once these are advised.

  

Tax, Super + You Competition

‘If you’re a student in Year 7–12, we want you to think outside the box and develop creative products that highlight the value of tax and/or super in the community. You can be as creative as you like - some examples include : Write It - short stories, a script or a marketing proposal; Make It - artworks, comic strips, songs or a prototype of an app or game; Film It - videos, skits or music clips’.

Entries previously opened at the beginning of June and closed late in August. Exact dates once these are advised.

     

TOM - Tournament of Minds

‘Tournament of Minds is a problem solving program for teams of students from both primary and secondary years. Australia and New Zealand now have brand new challenges for STEM and The Arts. You will need to create an account in order to use the portal for School Registration, Team Nominations and to access other tournament resources’.

State Branches run challenges for each state. Register for Tournament of Minds via this page. Registrations for Tournament 2021 will now be open early February 2021. See relevant state information for all other details.

Updated ! University of Southern Queensland Secondary Schools Moot Competition

‘Hosted by the School of Law and Justice and established for schools in the Darling Downs, Lockyer, Ipswich and Springfield regions, this free competition broadens the knowledge and experience of law for Year 11 and 12 secondary students’.

Previously - Teach Information Sessions in mid-March; Preliminary Rounds commenced in mid-May; Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals held in July; Grand Final held in the second half of August. Exact dates once these are advised.

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