Nominations and applications for the 2020 Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards

The goal of the awards is to recognise and reward teachers who transform young students’ lives. Teachers who see education as inspiration, challenges as opportunities and students as pure potential.

Teachers like 2019 award recipient Principal Lorraine Evans of Malak Primary School in Darwin. By refusing to compromise on academic standards and renewing the school’s connections to its community, Lorraine has transformed the fortunes of an under-performing primary school.

This year, the Commonwealth Bank are looking for 12 more outstanding teachers and school leaders who’ve delivered transformative and measurable outcomes for their students.

The chosen 12 will each receive a $45,000 Teaching Fellowship, which includes $10,000 to support their professional development, $25,000 for a school project to improve outcomes for their students and an overseas visit to a high-performing education system.

If you know an outstanding educator, nominate them now. The value of their work lasts a lifetime, but the chance to recognise and reward them closes on 27 September 2019.

Nominate or apply now


2019 ESSI Money Challenge – helping students learn to manage money in a virtual world

Australia is moving faster towards a cashless society and it’s more important than ever that young people learn how to handle money in a virtual world.

For the past 17 years, the non-profit Financial Basics Foundation has been providing free financial literacy programs to students in Australian secondary schools and has now put the call out to teachers to register their classes to enter the 2019 Suncorp ESSI Money Challenge.

In the annual money management competition, students enter a virtual world where they can safely put their money management skills to the test including what it is like to earn a wage, budget, invest in shares and even be scammed. It is an excellent resource to help students understand personal finances and also develop the confidence to make positive decisions later in life.

The winning schools and students have a chance to win up to $1,500 for themselves and their school.

PRIZES

* Three highest scoring students win prizes ranging from $1,500 – $750
* Two winning schools win $1,500 each.
* 16 students win a $250 Suncorp EFTPOS gift card.

 Please feel free to share this information with your schools/members/colleagues.

For more information http://www.financialbasics.org.au/


ATO’s 2019 Tax, Super + You competition

The Tax, Super + You competition, which will run from 3 June to 23 August, invites high school students to develop creative ideas on how they think tax and/or super contributes to the community. There are no limits on what students can submit but some examples are to Write It, Make It or Film it!

There is a total cash pool of over $6,000 to be won between two categories –
Junior (Years 7-9) and Senior (Years 10-12). See prize breakdown below.

Junior category (Year 7 to 9 students)

1st prize winner

  • $400 cash prize
  • $600 for their school or community organisation

2nd prize winner

  • $250 cash prize
  • $400 for their school or community organisation

3rd prize winner

  • $150 cash prize
  • $300 for their school or community organisation

People’s Choice Award

  • $400 cash prize
  • $600 for their school or community organisation

Senior Category (Year 10 to 12 students)

1st prize winner

  • $400 cash prize
  • $600 for their school or community organisation

2nd prize winner

  • $250 cash prize
  • $400 for their school or community organisation

3rd prize winner

  • $150 cash prize
  • $300 for their school or community organisation

People’s Choice Award

  • $400 cash prize
  • $600 for their school or community organisation

The Tax, Super + You competition is an interactive and engaging way to incorporate the Tax, Super + You teaching resources into classroom lesson plans. You can find out more by visiting the ATO’s competition teachers kit.


Plan Your Own Enterprise Competition 2018

2018 National Division One

Student – Julian Annison
School – Inaburra School – New South Wales
Plan – AspergerAssist

2018 National Division Two

School – Camberwell Girls Grammar School – Victoria
Plan – Weasley’s Wash ‘n’ Walk