2020 Ethics Olympiad
Developing skills in ethical understanding remains a high priority for 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 Ethics
Olympiad. During the day all students will be involved in a series of three  
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 but we would
recommend students in Year 10-12 (Year 10-13 in NZ). 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: May 2020

  • Canberra ACT - St Clare's College - Tuesday 5th May - Full

  • Sydney N.S.W - St Andrew's Cathedral School - Wednesday 6th May- Full

  • Melbourne Vic - Siena College -  Friday 8th May -Full

  • Hobart Tas - The Friends School- Saturday 9th May -Full

  • Townsville- Qld - Townsville Grammar School - Wednesday 13th May

  • Brisbane- Qld - Churchie - Friday 15th May -Full

  • Gold Coast Qld - The Southport School- Saturday 16th May

  • Sydney N.S.W - Harold Park Community Hall-Forrest Lodge- Mon 18th
    May -Full

  • Auckland-NZ - Mt Albert War Memorial Hall- Wed 20th May -Full

  • Wellington-New Zealand - Queen Margaret College - Thurs 21st May -Full

  • Christchurch - New Zealand - Christs College- Saturday 23rd May -Full

  • Perth- WA- Aquinas College - Wednesday 27th May -Full

  • Adelaide- SA- Prince Alfred College - Friday 29th May -Full

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Olympiad and Covid-19 (Corona Virus)
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Format, Rules & Scoring

The heats use the same format as the Ethics Bowl in the US. 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 judge the final event in the

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.
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
•        12-1.15 - Heat Three
•        1.15 pm – 1.45 Lunch (Scores to scorer)
•        1.45-2.30 pm- Gold Medal Finals
•        2.30 pm – Awards Farewells and photos.
•        Finish 2.45
Eligible Year levels

In Australia we invite teachers of students Years
10-12 to participate and this includes 15 -18 year
olds. In NZ we are invite secondary School students
to participate (14-18 year olds)
"It was a great day that my
students and I thoroughly
enjoyed. We are looking
forward to the next one.
Thank you for providing the
Brisbane Teacher
"The Ethics Olympiad
was incredible and
definitely a life
changing experience. It
really opened my eyes
to all the possibilities in
the world and also
allowed me to hear and
respect other peoples
opinions on the case
topics." Brisbane
"Thanks for a wonderful day!"
Sydney Student
"Well set up event. Organised
and highly engaging for
Melbourne Teacher