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 the school) in order to prepare for an Olympiad. Ethical Cases are provided to participating schools well before the event.


During an Ethics Olympiad students engage with each other and with students from other schools on interesting and relevant ethical questions based on the cases previously provided to schools. Students work as a team to respond to the questions and critique their own and others arguments. Judges award points on the basis of clear, concise, critical and collaborative thinking. Students and teachers report that they enjoy the opportunity to engage with each other in a framework that encourages careful considered responses to important issues.


Senior High School Olympiads (Years 10-12, including Year 13 in NZ) are held in May each year and Middle School Ethics Olympiads (Years 7-9) are conducted in November. Junior School Ethics Olympiads (Years 5 & 6) 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 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)


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


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





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 2021 Junior & Middle Ethics Olympiads and a Training Clinic we are running for students in August via Zoom. Use the toolbar on the left but please note some events are already full.


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.