gu i d e l in es and cri teri a
year 10 essay competition
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.
aims to help schools ensure that all young Each entry must be accompanied by a declaration form and the
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
history and operations of Australia’s political ideas.
and legal systems and of the principles that – Evidence o
underpin Australian democracy. It also – Reference
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
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.
‘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
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
Terry Roberts , Ma cKillo p C o lle g e , 2001 A C T W inne r
Photo: 2001 Year 10 Discovering Democracy Essay
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.
Home telephone: address details appear
on the back of the
E-mail: competition brochure.
School become the property of
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
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.
Signed (Teacher) Awards Coordinator
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
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’
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:
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 email@example.com
Fax: (08) 8999 5632
firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com
State/Territory Coordinator by E-mail:
Friday 13 September Rosalie.Shawcross@qed.qld.gov.au
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