How does it work?

The Ethics Olympiad provides schools with an unique opportunity to develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The students (Eth-letes) are trained by a coach (usually a teacher at their school) in order to prepare for an Olympiad. New ethical cases are released each year and are provided to participating schools well before the event.

During an Ethics Olympiad students engage with each other and students from other schools on interesting and relevant cases. Students work as a team to respond to questions while building and critiquing their own and others arguments. They engage with teams from other schools in other parts of the country and overseas. Students and coaches report that they enjoy the opportunity to build arguments with each other in a framework that encourages careful considered responses to important ethical issues.

Senior High School Olympiads (15-18 years old) are held in May each year and Middle School Ethics Olympiads (12-14 years old) are conducted in November. Junior School Ethics Olympiads (10-12 years old) are held in June and Sept. Schools are invited to send either one or two teams of five students to participate. The registration fee ranges from $38-$49 (AUD) per student. The entrance fee is smaller for member schools and there is also a reduced rate for early bird bookings. Once registered you receive an information training kit for students and coaches via email. Each school also receives six ethical cases (JS)-or eight ethical cases (MS & Seniors)

As of 2020 we moved the event online. Participating schools use Zoom to link up with other schools. The advantage of this online format is that regional and remote schools can participate. Also schools can easily engage with other schools and judges from around the world. A tertiary based judge in Canada or Tasmania can be dealing with a heat involving two schools, one from Singapore and and the other in New Zealand.

On the day of the Ethics Olympiad all students are involved in a series of three/four heats where they will be scored according to set criteria which rewards, clear, concise, respectful discourse in response to questions about the ethical cases. Judges award points on the basis of clear, concise, critical and collaborative thinking.

The top Middle and Senior schools in each regional event are invited to participate in a final involving schools from around the world.

We are currently taking registrations for the 2022 Junior & Senior Ethics Olympiads and Training Clinics. Use the toolbar on the left but please note some events are already full. Click here for a flyer in case you would like to pass this on to colleagues.

Finally, consider joining your school as a member school. This will provide anyone at your school with members benefits including reduced registration rates and teachers resources for teaching ethics.