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                                                                            who can enter?                                                       recogn
                                                                            The competition is open to students who are enrolled in Year 10 in   All students w
                                                                            2002. Previous winners are ineligible.                               provided with
                                                                                                                                                 schools in Oc
                                                                                                                                                 submit a list
                                                                            where to send your entry?                                            Please note t

                                                                            All entries should be forwarded to your State/Territory
                                                                            Coordinator (details on the back of this brochure) by                judging
The Discovering Democracy programme                                         Friday 13 September 2002.
                                                                                                                                                 The following
aims to help schools ensure that all young                                  Each entry must be accompanied by a declaration form and the
                                                                                                                                                 – Accuracy
Australians are equipped to play their part as                              envelope should be clearly marked ‘Year 10 Discovering
                                                                            Democracy Essay Competition’. Be sure that all entries meet the
citizens. This requires knowledge of the                                                                                                         – Comprehe
                                                                            competition criteria.
history and operations of Australia’s political                                                                                                     ideas.
and legal systems and of the principles that                                                                                                     – Evidence o
underpin Australian democracy. It also                                                                                                           – Reference
                                                                            the prizes
requires the development of skills, and an
                                                                            Each State/Territory winner will travel to Canberra in October to    – Views com
appreciation of the values and attitudes that
                                                                            see a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Parliament House, meet Members        clear para
enable effective participation in civic life.
                                                                            of Parliament, sit in on Question Time and visit other significant
                                                                            Canberra attractions. The will have the opportunity to see           points t
This essay competition encourages young                                     ‘democracy in action’ and attend the national award presentation
Australians to think and learn about                                        ceremony at Parliament House. The trip will be a unique              – Be sure to
Australian democracy, and to express their                                  experience. Students will be in Canberra for three days              – The decis
knowledge and views in writing.                                             (21–23 October) – airfares, accommodation and meals are all            choose no
                                                                            included.                                                            – Entries ar
                                                                                                                                                   (Details a
                                                                            Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity. Entries close Friday      – All entries
 Celebrating Democracy Week                                                 13 September 2002. Each State/Territory runner-up will receive a       Coordinat
 All schools are invited to participate in Celebrating Democracy Week       commemorative gift and certificate and may be required to attend     – All studen
 from Wednesday 23 to Tuesday 29 October 2002. Celebrating
 Democracy Week provides schools with a real opportunity to showcase        a presentation ceremony in their State/Territory.                      participat
 to their local community what is happening in their school in civics and                                                                          accepted.
 citizenship education. A brochure will be sent to your school soon.
 Contact your State and Territory Discovering Democracy Professional
 Development Officers for details about this event.
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essay question
 ‘What is your vision for Australia and how does our democratic society
                         enable us to achieve it?’
recognition of entry                                                    competition guidelines                                                  “It w
All students who submit an entry in the competition will be             Authenticity                                                            look
provided with a certificate of participation. These will be mailed to   The essay must be the students own work, and a statement of             S t ep h
                                                                        authenticity must be signed by both the teacher and student.
schools in October. To assist this process we ask that each school
submit a list of all the students who have submitted an essay.          References
Please note that only three entries will be accepted per school.        The direct use of words of another person, either written or oral,
                                                                        must be acknowledged by a reference. An accepted form of
                                                                        referencing, used consistently according to standard format, must
judging criteria                                                        be used to acknowledge the source of quotations.

The following elements will be considered by the judges:                Bibliography
– Accuracy of content and the use of valid examples in the              The bibliography should include only those works used by the
   development of the essay.                                            student in the preparation of the essay. It should specify author(s),
                                                                        title, date and place of publication, and the name of the publisher,
– Comprehensive nature of the response, including originality in
                                                                        following consistently one standard method of listing sources.
– Evidence of substantial reading and research.                         Word Limit
– References and bibliography in accordance with the                    The word limit for the essay is 1000 words. This maximum word
   competition guidelines.                                              limit does not include supplementary information such as contents
– Views communicated fluently and incorporate an introduction,          pages, references, bibliography and appendices.
                                                                        Essays which are longer than 1000 words will be ineligible.
   clear paragraphs and a conclusion.
                                                                        Essays must be in clear, legible handwriting or wordprocessed/
points to remember                                                      typed (one and a half spacing should be used). A copy of the essay
                                                                        should be retained by the student as entries will not be returned.
– Be sure to complete the cover sheet and attach it to the essay.
– The decision of the judging panel is final and the judges may         Year Level
  choose not to make an award.                                          The student submitting an entry must be in Year 10 in 2002.
– Entries are to be submitted to the State/Territory Coordinator.
  (Details are on the back of this brochure.)                           PLEASE NOTE:
– All entries must be submitted to the State/Territory
                                                                        • The Department of Education, Science and Training reserves
  Coordinator by Friday 13 September 2002.                                the right not to select an entry from a State/Territory if it is
– All students who enter will be sent a certificate of                    considered that the entry is not of a suitable standard.
  participation but only three entries from each school will be         • The Department reserves the right to make alternative
  accepted.                                                               arrangements if a winner is in not selected from a State or
                                                                        • All winners should be aware they may be featured in print,
                                                                          radio or television media.
Impressions from 2001 winners

                  “My trip to Canberra was very
                  enjoyable and I gained priceless
                  experience in meeting the Senators
                  and Ministers.”
                  Lo rraine Hui, Pym ble Ladies College, 2001 N S W W inne r

“It was great to have such an exclusive
look within Parliament House.”
Ste phanie Lee, Newman College, 2001 WA Winner

                                           “Awesome! This trip was
                                           absolutely fantastic! I enjoyed
                                           every moment.”
                                           Terry Roberts , Ma cKillo p C o lle g e , 2001 A C T W inne r

                                                                                       Photo: 2001 Year 10 Discovering Democracy Essay
                                                                                              Competition Winners
                                                                                                        year 10 essay competition 2002

cover sheet                        declaration form

Student’s surname                                                           Male               Female        NOTE:
                                                                                                             This form is to
Given Names                                                             Date of birth:     /       /         accompany each entry
                                                                                                             submitted to State/
Home address                                                                                                 Territory Coordinators.
                                                                                                             Only three entries will
                                                                            Postcode:                        be accepted per school.
                                                                                                             The Coordinator’s
Home telephone:                                                                                              address details appear
                                                                                                             on the back of the
E-mail:                                                                                                      competition brochure.

                                                                                                             Winning entries
School                                                                                                       become the property of
                                                                                                             the Commonwealth
Contact teacher                                                                                              Government and may
                                                                                                             be published in print
Postal address                                                                                               and/or electronically.


School telephone:                                    School fax:
E-mail:                                                                                                      All queries regarding the
                                                                                                             Year 10 Discovering
                                                                                                             Democracy Essay
                                                                                                             Competition should be
Statement of authenticity
                                                                                                             directed to the Awards
I hereby declare that this submitted essay is the original work of the entrant, to the extent that no        Secretariat:
more than usual guidance was provided by others.
                                                                                                             Christine Reid
Signed (Teacher)                                                                                             Awards Coordinator
                                                                                                             National Curriculum
                                                                                                             PO Box 361
                                                                                                             ABBOTSFORD VIC 3067
Name                                                                                                         Telephone: 1800 631 203
                                                                                                             Fax: (03) 9419 1205
Signed (Student)                                                                                             E-mail:


Teacher declaration                                                                                      Teachers please note
I am fully aware of the conditions of entry and the prize in this competition and support the entry      All students will be provided with a
of the abovenamed student.                                                                               Certificate of Participation. Please
                                                                                                         provide a list of students who
Signed (Teacher)                                                                                         completed an essay to ensure they are
                                                                                                         provided with a certificate.

                                                                                                             Total number of
Name                                                                                                            students who
contact details
   For further information or       Australian Capital Territory              South Australia
   additional copies of this        Katherine Schoo                           Leanne Carr and Mary Hudson
   brochure please contact:         ACT Discovering Democracy Project         Project Officers
                                    Officer                                   The South Australian Civics and
   Christine Reid                   Association of Independent Schools        Citizenship
   Awards Secretariat               Unit 3                                    Education Professional Development
   Telephone: 1800 631 203          41/43 Colbee Court                        Program
                                    PHILLIP ACT 2607                          C/– 8 Rose Street
   Fax: (03) 9419 1205
                                    Telephone: (02) 6260 4955                 PROSPECT SA 5082
                                    Fax: (02) 6260 4988                       Telephone: (08) 8269 6651
                                    E-mail:                                   Fax: (08) 8269 3692
                                    New South Wales
                                    Lianne Singleton                          Tasmania
                                    Senior Curriculum Adviser                 Tony Poynter
                                    Civics and Citizenship Education          Discovering Democracy Project Officer
                                    Professional Support and Curriculum       Tasmanian Educational Leaders’
                                    Directorate                               Institute
                                    NSW Department of Education and           Department of Education
                                    Training                                  GPO Box 919
                                    3A Smalls Road                            HOBART TAS 7001
                                    RYDE NSW 2112                             Telephone: (03) 6233 7332
                                    Telephone: (02) 9886 7646                 Fax: (03) 6233 6983
                                    Fax: (02) 9886 7571                       E-mail:
                                                                              Western Australia
                                    Northern Territory                        Geraldine Ditchburn
                                    Colleen Williams                          Program Co-ordinator
                                    Discovering Democracy Curriculum          WA Discovering Democracy
                                    Officer                                   Professional Development Project
                                    Curriculum Services Branch                61 Dyson Street
                                    Northern Territory Department of          KENSINGTON WA 6151
                                    Employment, Education and Training        Telephone: (08) 9367 3393
                                    GPO Box 4821                              Fax: (08) 9367 9227
                                    DARWIN NT 0801                            E-mail:
                                    Telephone: (08) 8999 5834       
                                    Fax: (08) 8999 5632
                                          Patricia Hincks
                                                                              Senior Project Officer
                                    Queensland                                Discovering Democracy Project
                                    Rosalie Shawcross                         Learning and Teaching Innovation
                                    Discovering Democracy Project Officer     Branch
                                    Learning and Development Foundation       Department of Education & Training
                                    Education Queensland                      GPO Box 4367
                                    Level 19 Education House                  MELBOURNE VIC 3001
                                    PO Box 33                                 Telephone: (03) 9637 2007
                                    BRISBANE ALBERT ST QLD 4002               Fax: (03) 9637 2150
                                    Telephone: (07) 3237 0489                 E-mail:
n Ensure your entry reaches the     Fax: (07) 3239 6536             
   State/Territory Coordinator by   E-mail:
   Friday 13 September    

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