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Extension and Enrichment

​Competitions and Challenges and Opportunities

Looking to challenge yourself? Why not check out these options? The opportunities cover a broad range of curriculum areas from English to the Arts. Some are run by subject organisations, some are organised by government bodies and others by private organisations. Not all are of a competitive nature. Some are free to enter, others have entry fees.

2020 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards

Students investigate a topic about World War II. There are multiple forms from which to choose. These include film, speech, creative writing and PPT. 

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2020 School Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition

Entry is open to the 2020 Schools Poetry and Short Story Writing Competition. Students all over Australia are invited to enter their poems or short stories, and battle it out for the great cash prizes on offer. There is no theme. Entrants are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild and write on any topic and in any style. Students from all grades are welcome to enter – from Kindergarten/Preparatory to Grade 12. Entry is free and closes on Thursday 30 April

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ABC Fierce Girls Competition

The ABC’s Fierce Girls podcast wants you to tell them about a fierce girl you admire! They’re looking for stories of adventurous girls, girls with guts and spirit, girls who dare to do things differently. To enter, write an original story (500-800 words) about an Australian girl or woman that you admire. They could be from your town or city, or anywhere in Australia. They could be famous, or maybe they’re your neighbour! It’s open to all kids in Australia between 7 and 16 years of age (inclusive). The five best stories will be selected as prize winners. Winners will receive the opportunity to have their story recorded as a podcast and published as an episode of ABC’s Fierce Girls podcast!  Entries are open until Sunday 5 April.

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ATOM Photo Comp

The ATOM Photo Comp is an initiative of Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM). It provides Australian and New Zealand student and adult photographers with the opportunity to submit a folio of three photographs adhering to a theme, and win fantastic prizes in the process. The theme for the 2020 competition is Fragility. Entries are open until Thursday 9 April.  

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CS50x – Introduction to Computer Science with Harvard University

CS50x is Harvard University’s Introduction to Computer Science subject, available to be studied fully online through edX. This entry-level course teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource management, security, software engineering, and web development. Languages include C, Python, SQL, and JavaScript plus CSS and HTML. Problem sets are inspired by real-world domains of biology, cryptography, finance, forensics, and gaming.  The best part is it is completely free. The course requires around four weeks to complete and can be started at any time.

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Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards

Entries to the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards are now open for 2020. Students in all years from Kindergarten to Year 12 can enter. This year the theme is “We Used to Live There.” Entries are open until Tuesday 30 June

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Enter SmartFone Flick Fest

SmartFone Flick Fest is Australia’s international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages. This is a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film.  SF3 provides a platform for budding, emerging and professional filmmakers to bring their ideas to life and have their films seen by a global audience, without the need for lots of fancy equipment or a big budget. You can submit your movie any time before Saturday 1 August

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Google Applied Digital Skills Workshops

Google’s Applied Digital Skills Program offers a series of free videos where you can learn all about digital programs and skills to help you navigate the online world.

Their videos include a variety of topics from data analysis to research and communication.

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International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition

The International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition is an international science competition that enables students from all countries to prove their skills and to unleash their creativity in the fields of astronomy and astrophysics. IAAC gives you the unique opportunity to apply your skills to challenging problems. Participants can receive certificates, awards, cash prizes, and global recognition. In order to participate in the International Astronomy and Astrophysics Competition, you have to be a high school or university student. Students from all grades and all countries are invited to participate.  Entries for the qualification round close on Friday 17 April

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Learn to Code with Scratch

Have you ever wanted to make your own games or animations? Scratch is a great free online resource that you can use. You don’t need to know any coding to start – it works using a “block” principle rather than writing lines of code. 

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MobileMuster Film Competition

Do you have a passion for film making and the environment? MobileMuster want you to create a one minute film encouraging your community to recycle their old mobile phones. The theme for the 2020 competition is “Small actions. Big Impact”.

You don’t have to be an experienced filmmaker to take part – all you need is an idea, imagination and motivation. Entry is free and is open to all primary, secondary and tertiary students in Australia. Entries are due Monday 21 September

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Mosman Art Prize

The Mosman Youth Art Prize exhibition features the diverse talents of the country’s young, aspiring and emerging artists and offers them the opportunity to exhibit their work in a public art gallery. This is a popular competition with close to 400 entries received annually with entrants from all over Sydney. Young artists aged between 12-21 submit artworks in a variety of media including; painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, video, photography and ceramics to win cash prizes, scholarships and art materials. Entries will open in late March. The artwork receipting day will take place on Tuesday 19 May.

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National History Challenge

The 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’. Register on the site to receive an information kit. Submit your entry using the form on the site. Check the Key Dates for details for each state. [Only Tasmanian dates at time of inclusion].

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Northern Beaches Art Prize

The annual Northern Beaches Art Prize (formerly Warringah Art Prize) began in 1955. Since then, it has become the Northern Beaches’ most prestigious art competition. There are four categories - General, Small Sculpture, Waste-to-Art and Youth. 

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Northern Beaches Young Writers Competition

The Northern Beaches Young Writers’ Competition has been running for ten years. Students write around a theme. The Young Writers’ Competition 2020 will open on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

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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 for student entries Monday 2 March 2020. Challenge closes for student entries Friday August 28 2020

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Wool4School Design Competition.

Students design an outfit inspired by flora and fauna and incorporating fibres which are gentle on the earth.

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Wombat Books Illustration Challenge

Entrants must be aged between 7-18 years and school age. Students finishing Year 12 in 2020 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.
Selected illustrations from 2020 will be part of a book to be published in 2021. ‘This year there are new entry requirements, check the site for details. Entries close 30 November 2020.

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