Magna Carta Competition


                                                                                                   


Governor’s Magna Carta Anniversary Prize

 

Are you interested in law, history, politics or just like to write?  Are you a parent, relative, or friend of such a student?  If so, the Rotary Club of Hobart could be looking for you!

On Monday 15 June 2015 Her Excellency Professor the Honourable Kate Warner AM, Governor of Tasmania, announced the Governor’s Magna Carta Anniversary Prize as part of a worldwide celebration of the 800th anniversary sealing of the Magna Carta.

The Governor’s Magna Carta Anniversary Prize is open to students at all Tasmanian high Schools and secondary colleges.  Prizes will be awarded to the essays judged to be the best assessment of the importance of Magna Carta to Tasmania today.  Awards will also be made to two runner-up essays in each category.  

When King John of England sealed the Magna Carta on 15 June 1215, he did not do this to promote democracy but

to save his crown.   It proved to be ineffective even as a temporary peace treaty with his rebellious barons, but the 

principles it contained were not temporary. 


This State-wide student essay competition promotes interest in, and knowledge of this important foundation 

document and its place in the modern democratic concepts of the rule of law and the separation of powers. 

These principles are vital to Tasmania today.  


The Rotary Club of Hobart believes it is important to encourage the next generation of leadership to reflect on where 

their democratic values came from in order to appreciate the need to use them and preserve them. 

 The Rotary Club particularly embraces the concept of an essay competition as this connects well to the Club’s 

special theme of literacy.


Literacy has been a hidden problem in Tasmania for too long.  The Rotary Club adopted the theme to contribute to 

solving the problem through a series of projects over three years.


The Rotary Club of Hobart sees this essay competition as an opportunity to encourage the quality of literacy in 

addition to its emphasis on the projects promoting the basic ability to read and write.


The Rotary Club of Hobart is proud to support this statewide student essay competition to promote interest in and knowledge of this important foundation document and its place in the modern democratic concepts of the rule of law and the separation of powers.

Essay Competition Details: 

The competition will be conducted in 2 age categories:-  Category 1 - any student enrolled in either year 11 or 12.  Essay should be approx.1000 words but not to exceed 1500 words. Prizes:  First $500, Second $200, Third $100  

Category 2 - any student enrolled in years 7 to 10 (incl.)  Essay should be approx.750 words but not to exceed 1000 words. Prizes: First $300, Second $150, Third $50  

Essays may be submitted from 1 July 2015 and Rotary’s mailbox will remain open until 31 August 2015. Submitted essays should include name, school, year at school and provide contact details for the author. 

The Entry Form is attached below.  

Please send entries by email to magnacarta@rotaryhobart.org.



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Tim McDougall,
25 Jul 2015, 22:15
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Tim McDougall,
15 Jun 2015, 23:50
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Tim McDougall,
25 Jul 2015, 22:11
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