2020 Middle School
Ethics Olympiad
The importance of developing an 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 one or two teams of five 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 $38-$45 per student.($190-$225 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 are a limited number of teams that
can participate.

Dates: November 2020
  • Hobart - Wednesday 4th November
  • Canberra - Friday 6th November
  • Perth- Monday 9th November
  • Gold Coast - Wednesday 11th November
  • Brisbane - Friday 13th November
  • Townsville - Saturday 14th November
  • Auckland- Wednesday 18th November
  • Wellington -  Thursday 19th November
  • Christchurch-  Friday 20th November
  • Sydney-Monday 23rd November
  • Sydney -Tuesday 24th November  FULL
  • Melbourne-Wednesday 25th November
  • Adelaide -Friday 27th  November

*Please note that due to the cancellation of the May Olympiads many schools transferred their registration to this Olympiad.
Places will be limited so book in early
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