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What would Edith Say?

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The Edith Cowan Centenary Primary School Video Competition

Win your school $1,000.00!

Entries have now closed.

Edith Cowan was the first woman in an Australian Parliament and to commemorate 100 years since her election to the Parliament of Western Australia, we are inviting year 5/6 classes across the state to submit a 90 second video exploring what Edith would say about a contemporary issue.
Throughout her lifetime, Edith campaigned tirelessly for women and children’s education, working and social rights. When she successfully ran for Parliament 100 years ago, Edith’s policy platform included the establishment of state kitchens, child endowment payments and day nurseries for working mothers. One of Edith’s significant achievements while in Parliament was winning the right for women to enter the legal and other professions.
Therefore, your challenge is to select a contemporary issue and look at it through the eyes of Edith. What would Edith Say? welcomes video submissions and can be in the form of theatre, song, poetry, spoken word or any other medium you can think of to explore Edith’s legacy.
Simply create your video, fill in the attached entry form and submit it through our website. The best entry will be judged by the Presiding Officers of the Parliament of Western Australia. You can even use our judging criteria below as a marking key for a curriculum linked assessment.


Entries open Friday, 12 March 2021, the date of Edith’s election, and close on Friday, 13 August 2021.


See what Female Members of Parliament today think about ‘What Edith Would Say’

Hon Alanna Clohesy, President of the Legislative Council.

Hon Michelle Roberts, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.

Hon Mia Davies, Leader of the Opposition.

Ms Caitlin Collins, 100th Woman elected to the Western Australian Parliament.


Entry Details

  • Submit a 90-second video.
  • One entry per school.
  • Entries are to submitted through the Parliament of Western Australia's website.
  • The closing date is 5.00 pm on Friday, 13 August 2021.
  • The winning school will be announced in the term 4 Parliament of Western Australia's online newsletter, POWA House.

Judging

The judges will assess entries on the following criteria

Assessment Criteria Excellent High Satisfactory
Knowledge and understanding of the topic Outstanding evidence of historical understanding in relation to the topic Good historical understanding in relation to the topic Satisfactory historical understanding in relation to the topic
Purpose Exceptional engagement of viewers Develops a good response which meets the task requirements Knowledge and understanding of people, places and events
Content Complex development of details to achieve the task Details included meet the task requirements Summary of people, places and events

Form

90 second video, which uses theatre, song, poetry or spoken word

Crafting of video demonstrated to suit the purpose of the task Style of video is selected for engagement and/or appeal Models ideas based on chosen video form

Our Parliamentary Education team will short-list entries, with the final winner to be chosen by the Presiding Officers of the Parliament of Western Australia.


Prize

  • The winning school entry will receive $1,000 for educational resources.
  • Each submission will receive a certificate of recognition.
  • The winning class will receive a plaque and be invited to a parliamentary function to receive their award.

Rules

  • The competition is open to year 5 and 6 students.
  • One entry per school will be accepted and the entry must be submitted by the class teacher.
  • All videos must be no greater than 90 seconds in duration and be in a Mp4 file format.
  • Competition closes at 5pm on 13 August 2021.
  • Short-listed entries will be shown on the Parliament of Western Australia's website and social media channels.

Terms and Conditions

  • The competition is operated by the Parliament of Western Australia.
  • The competition commences at 10.00 am on Friday, 12 March 2021 and closes for judging at 5.00 pm on Friday, 13 August 2021. No late entries will be accepted.
  • Entrants are required to disclose if any of the participants are immediate family members of either staff or members of the Parliament of Western Australia.
  • All entries must be submitted by the class teacher. By submitting an entry, the teacher agrees to the terms of the entry form and certifies that –
    • The students have permission to enter
    • The entry submitted is the work of the class
  • All entrants will be notified by email that their entry has been received
  • The winning entries will be uploaded to the Parliament of Western Australia's website, and shared on the Parliament of Western Australia's social media channels. By submitting an entry, the teacher provides permission for this work to be shared.

The winning school will be notified in term 4 and presented with their prize at a function at Parliament House on a date to be advised.


This page will be updated as the winners are announced, so please check back for more information.