Ethics Olympiad

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An Ethics Olympiad is a popular extra-curricular activity in which teams of school students gather to deal with ethical issues.[1][2]

Images from Ethics Olympiads

In 2013 the Ethics Olympiad was created by Matthew Wills the then Head of Philosophy and Ethics at Hale School in Perth Western Australia based on a similar competition in the US called a US Ethics Bowl.[3] School-based teams are scored by judges on their responses to ethical questions. In 2020 the Ethics Olympiad moved online due to the impact of COVID-19 restrictions and is now run annually for Senior, Middle and Junior schools. [4]


Since 2019, the Ethics Olympiad has been conducted in capital cities in Australia and New Zealand. Schools enter a team of 5 students or two teams of 5 students.[5] Team scores are collated over three heats and then the top two schools play-off for the Gold and Silver medal while the third-placed team receives the Bronze medal.[6][7][8][9] In 2020 due to Covid restrictions the event went back online using Zoom. This made it possible to run International Olympiad Finals. [10]

Ethics Olympiad Results[edit]

2020 Middle School Olympiads[edit]

2020 Gold Silver Bronze
New South Wales St Patrick's College, Launceston Rose Bay High School St Patrick's College, Launceston
Aust. Capital Territory Telopia Park High School Merici College Lyneham High School
Western Australia Iona Presentation College St Stephen's School Carrimar Iona Presentation College
Queensland Anglican Church Grammar School Hillcrest Christian College The Southport School
New Zealand North Island Diocesan School for Girls Samuel Marsden College Diocesan School for Girls
New Zealand South Island Papanui High School Middleton Grange School Middleton Grange School
New South Wales (2) Loreto Kirribilli Caringbah High School St Patrick's College, Strathfield
New South Wales (3) Central West Leadership Academy Ravenswood School for Girls Meriden
Victoria St Leonard's College Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Bentleigh Presbyterian Ladies' College
South Australia Aberfoyle Park High School St Peter's Girls' School Aberfoyle Park High School
2020 Australasian Middle School Final Gold Silver Bronze
Finalists Papanui High School (South Island NZ) Caringbah High School (New South Wales, Australia) Aberfoyle Park High School (South Australia)

2021 Senior School Olympiads[edit]

2021 Gold Silver Bronze
Aust. Capital Territory Narrabundah College St Clare's College Radford College
New South Wales 1 Loreto Normanhurst Bishop Druitt College Scots College (Sydney)
Victoria St Leonard's College Lowther Hall Our Lady of the Sacred Heart
Tasmania The Hutchins School The Friends School Elizabeth College
Queensland 1 Hillcrest Christian College Cannon Hill Anglican College The Glennie School
Queensland 2 Palm Beach Currumbin SHS St Margaret's Anglican School Palm Beach Currumbin SHS
New South Wales 2 Hurlstone Agricultural High School Santa Sabina College Queenwood
NZ North Island 1 Diocesan School for Girls Selwyn College Diocesan School for Girls
NZ North Island 2 Scots College (Wellington) Albany Senior High School Scots College (Wellington)
Western Australia Lake Joondalup Baptist College Iona Presentation College Lake Joondalup Baptist College
Hong Kong Kellett School La Salle College Harrow International School
South Australia St Peter's Girls' School Aberfoyle Park High School St Peter's Girls School
New South Wales 3 Redlands Northern Beaches Christian School Newington College
Victoria 2 Loreto College Ballarat Presbyterian Ladies' College Strathcona Girls School
2021 International Senior School Final Gold Silver Bronze
Finalists Upper Canada College (Form C) (Canada) Northern Beaches Christian School (New South Wales Australia) St Peter's Girls' School (South Australia)


  1. ^ [1] Philosophical Inquiry with Children: The Development of an Inquiring Society ...edited by Gilbert Burgh, Simone Thornton (2019)
  2. ^ [2] Ethics Olympiad Website (2021)
  3. ^ Young 'ethletes' wrestle with big issues in new national tournament, Sydney Morning Herald, 12 August 2019
  4. ^ [3] Ethics Olympiad Website (2021)
  5. ^ [4] Sydney Morning Herald - Young 'Ethletes' wrestle with big issues in new national tournament by Fran Molloy August 12, 2019
  6. ^ [5] St Peters College South Australia Report
  7. ^ [6] Meriden College Sydney NSW Report
  8. ^ [7] St Vincent's College Sydney NSW Report
  9. ^ [8] St Peters Lutheran College Brisbane Qld Report
  10. ^ [9] Ethics Olympiad Website