Academic/School Challenges

Listed here are a range of challenges and competitions run either through schools or simply designed to challenge kids academically.

My First Speech Competition 2013 - Entries Close July 26


Australian students enrolled in years 10 to 12 are invited to enter the 'My First Speech' competition.  Students can enter as a school or as an individual. more »

Australian Stockholm Junior Water Prize 2013 - Entries close 30 November


This is an annual water science competition for senior high school students focusing on projects aimed at improving the quality of life through improvement of water quality, water resources management, water protection and water and waste water treatment. more »

Planet Ark's Schools Tree Day Competition - Closes 5 August 2013


National Tree Day 2013'Get Outside and Grow'. Three lucky schools (a preschool, primary and high school) will each be awarded the makings of a spectacular vertical garden (valued at $500). more »

The Gutsy Challenge

The Gutsy Challenge involves children (primary and high school) eating 2 fruit and 4 veg a day for 1 week to raise money for GI Cancer research. more »

Australian Geography Competition

The National Geographic Channel Australian Geography Competition is a contest for Australian secondary school students, assessing their geographical knowledge and skills. The Competition aims to encourage student interest in geography and to reward student excellence. more »

Wakakirri Arts Festival for Schools

Wakakirri is a national story sharing festival for Australian schools, with an emphasis on education through the arts. There are a range of categories through which primary school students can enter their stories: Story-Dance; Story-Film; Story-Writing; Story-Arts & Story-Singing. more »

NATA Young Scientists of the Year Award

Children enthralled by science have the chance to shine and win thousands of dollars for their school as part of the Young Scientist of the Year Award. more »

Anzac Day Schools' Awards

The Anzac Day Schools' Awards are designed to encourage initiative and creativity in the way that schools commemorate Anzac Day, with an emphasis on inventiveness balanced with tradition. more »

ThinkQuest Australia

The Australian Council for Computers in Education Inc. invites Australian schools to register teams for ThinkQuest Australia, a creative activity designed to promote student abilities in information skills, creative design, project management and teamwork. more »

The Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest

The aim of the annual Australia-Japan Relations Essay Contest is to encourage and develop a better understanding of Japan and Australia-Japan relations amongst Australian students. more »

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