2019 Middle School
Ethics Olympiad
The importance of developing ethical understanding remains high on the agenda of educators. The Ethics Olympiad has a proven
track record of providing teachers and students with a creative vehicle for developing skills in communication, critical thinking and
respectful discourse while dealing with contentious ethical issues.

Schools are invited to send 5-10 students to participate in the event.
During the day all students will be involved in a series of three Ethics Olympiad heats where they will be scored according to set
criteria which rewards, clear, concise, respectful discourse around interesting ethical cases. At the end of the day two teams will
face off for the Gold and Silver Medals. A Bronze Medal will also be awarded to the third placed team.

Prior to the event
Schools can register online, and any school can participate We are
accepting teams five students from Years 7-9. Once registered we will send
you the cases. The registration fee is $32-$40 per student.($160-200 per
team)  The entrance fee is smaller for member schools and there is no cost
for supervising teachers as at least one teacher from each school will act as
a judge. There is also a reduced rate for early bird bookings. Please note
there is a limited number of teams that can participate.

Dates: November/December 2019

  • Melbourne Victoria - Scotch College- Friday 1st November   FULL
  • Gold Coast Queensland - The Southport School- Tuesday 5th November
  • Brisbane- Queensland- Marist College Ashgrove- Saturday 9th November
  • Auckland New Zealand- Western Springs Garden Community Hall -Tues 12th November
  • Christchurch New Zealand- St Andrew's College-  Wednesday 13th November NEARLY FULL
  • Adelaide - South Australia- Loreto College- Tuesday 19th November FULL
  • Perth-Western Australia- Aquinas College- Saturday 23rd November NEARLY FULL
  • Canberra- ACT- Telopea Park High School- Tuesday 26th November
  • Sydney- NSW- Santa Sabina College- Saturday 30th November  FULL
  • Hobart- Tasmania- The Friends School - Tuesday- 3rd December
Click here if you would like to
host an Ethics Olympiad at
your school.
Format, Rules & scoring

The heats use the same format as the Ethics Bowl and the Ethics Olympiad. The main
difference is that all groups will be running simultaneously in the same space. There will be a
round robin format with different schools participating against each other. There will be a
central timing system and teachers will judge school groups, apart from their own school.
Scores will be private on the day, but we will email the final scores to each participating school
after the event.

The finalists will be announced at the end of the day before a play-off to determine the gold
medal winning schools. University philosophy lecturers and ethicists would judge the final
event in the afternoon.

Coaches Training Kit- This kit will be provided to schools once you have registered. Included
are the eight ethical cases, score sheets, criteria, format details and other useful information.

Click here for a copy of the flyer
Program for the Day:
•        Starts 9 am - 9.15 am - Preparation
•        9.15-10.30 am - Heat One
•        10.30 am -11.45 am - Heat Two
•        11.45 Morning tea- Debrief
•        12-1.15 - Heat Three
•        1.15 pm – 1.45 Lunch (Scores to scorer)
•        1.45-3pm- Gold Medal Finals
•        3 pm – Awards Farewells and photos.
•        Finish 3.15

Eligible Year levels
In Australia we invite teachers of students Years 7-9 to participate. In NZ we are invite
intermediate School students to participate (Years 7-9) Please note that schools can
change their team members right up to the date of the event but students must
currently be in Yrs 7-9.
"When first going into this Olympiad I had no idea
what to expect, and I was super nervous- but I am so
glad I did it. It was run wonderfully and was really
interesting. All of the people I met were super kind. I
really enjoyed being able to share our views and
discuss relevant ethical issues. Thank you!" (Hobart
"The Ethics Olympiad was incredible
and definitely a life changing
experience. It really opened my eyes
to the ethical possibilities and also
allowed me to hear and respect other
peoples positions on the case topics."
(Brisbane student)
St Andrews Students at the Christchurch Ethics Olympiad in May.
St Georges High School at the Sydney Olympiad
2019 Middle and Senior
Secondary Ethics