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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.

[NEW!!] STUFFit Student Film Competition

STUFFit is a film festival competition open to high school students across Australia. Students can submit a film in any genre.

The winner and runner-up for each category will receive an awesome piece of film equipment for their prize.

Early-bird entries close on Wednesday 27 May, and final entries close Wednesday 8 July.

Find out more and enter here >

2020 Hilarie Lindsay Poetry Competition

Entries to the 2020 Hilarie Lindsay Poetry Competition are now open.

Students in K to Year 12 from around Australia are invited to enter a poem they have written on any subject. Entries are open until Monday 31 August.

Find out more and enter here >

The 2021 Simpson Prize Competition

The Simpson Prize is a national competition for Year 9 and 10 students. The competition encourages participants to focus on the significance of Anzac Day and to consider what Anzac Day means to them and to Australia.

The student winners, runners-up and teacher chaperones from each state and territory enjoy a two-day trip to Canberra where they visit several of the capital’s museums and institutions, attend the presentation ceremony, and enjoy a special dinner. 

Accompanied by two teacher chaperones and a historian from the Australian War Memorial, the eight state and territory student winners will then travel to overseas battlefields.

For this year’s competition, entrants are asked to respond to the question “How do lesser known stories from the Western Front expand our understanding of the Australian experience of the First World War?” Entries are open until Friday 6 November. 

Find out more and enter here >

2020 Mercy Foundation Youth Awards

The Mercy Foundation Youth Awards is a photo competition open to high school students across Australia from Years 7 to 12. The competition aims to encourage young people to learn more about social justice issues in Australia.

This year, the competition opens Monday 27 April and the theme for 2020 is “Freedom – Ending Modern Slavery”. Entries close on Friday 3 July.

Find out more and enter here >

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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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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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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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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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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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.

Find out more >