Student Citizenship Awards.
Since 2003, the Association, encouraged by school leaders, has successfully offered prestigious awards and certificates to year 11 and 12 students nominated by their respective schools and colleges, and selected by an adjudication panel as worthy of recognition for their contribution to citizenship in South Australia.
The awards - known as Student Citizenship Awards - are not for academic or sporting achievements but are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly to school and/or general communities. They exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.
The ten most worthy students, in addition to a certificate, receive a plaque and the student judged most worthy also receives a trophy as Student Citizen of the Year. Presentation of these awards have, in the past, been made at a function hosted by His Excellency – the Governor of the day – where the Governor has received the students and presented them with their award.
Assessment is based on the following criteria -
- Production of significant benefits for members of the school and/or general community.
- Leadership and influence of peers by example.
- Demonstration of skills in organisation, management and communication.
- Outstanding citizenship displayed by assisting group(s) in need e.g. disadvantaged, elderly, homeless youth - over a period of time or by otherwise making a significant contribution to community development.
- Initiative and concern demonstrated for the advancement or well-being of others.
- Demonstrated pride in Australian citizenship.
Then criteria have no hierarchy or priority and all are of equal value. Nominees need not satisfy all criteria.
Nominations for 2015 have opened. They close on Friday, 22nd. May, 2015.
It is anticipated that the 10 most worthy students will receive their certificates and awards in late September/early October with the balance of certificates being presented in Schools and Colleges during term 4.
Members of the Association, who are Australian Honours recipients, with the agreement of the School/Principal, attend a suitable school function to make the prestigious presentation.
A copy of the 2015 Invitation to Nominate follows and can be used by a nominator, subject to meeting the criteria outlined in the document -