Order of Australia Student Citizenship Award – Highly Recommended

The awards – known as Student Citizenship Awards – are not for academic or sporting achievements but are intended to recognise those young people who contribute broadly to school and/or general communities.  They exemplify the Association’s objective “to foster love of and pride in Australian citizenship”.

The ten most worthy students, in addition to a certificate, receive a plaque and the student judged most worthy also receives a trophy as Student Citizen of the Year.  Presentation of these awards have, in the past, been made at a function hosted by His Excellency – the Governor of the day – where the Governor has received the students and presented them with their award.

Assessment is based on the following criteria –

  • Production of significant benefits for members of the school and/or general community.
  • Leadership and influence of peers by example.
  • Demonstration of skills in organisation, management and communication.
  • Outstanding citizenship displayed by assisting group(s) in need e.g. disadvantaged, elderly, homeless youth – over a period of time or by otherwise making a significant contribution to community development.
  • Initiative and concern demonstrated for the advancement or well-being of others.
  • Demonstrated pride in Australian citizenship.

Then criteria have no hierarchy or priority and all are of equal value. Nominees need not satisfy all criteria.

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