Secondary school teachers in WA are encouraged to nominate an outstanding student for the 2013 Positive Image Award now that nominations are open.
Presented by the Minister for Youth, the Positive Image Award 2013 recognises and rewards a student from each WA education region who is a positive role model for other students and has made a difference in their school and community.
A total of 15 regional winners, known as Region Ambassadors, will be chosen from across WA, including eight winners in metropolitan regions, two winners in the South West region and one winner in each of the Goldfields, Kimberley, Midwest, Pilbara and Wheatbelt regions.
From these, an overall State Positive Image Award winner will be chosen. The overall winner will be presented with a Fujifilm camera and a further 24 Fujifilm cameras for their school from the Minister for Youth.
Nominations must demonstrate in 350 words or less how the student is a positive role model through:
• initiating or participating in youth projects and activities in the school or community
• inspiring other students through their actions in the school or community
The Region Ambassadors will be announced in August 2013. They will each win a prize of $150 and a framed certificate signed by the Minister for Youth.
The Positive Image Award is organised by the Department for Communities and sponsored by the Catholic Education Office of WA with generous support from Fujifilm.
Who is eligible?
· All secondary students (Years 8 – 12) currently enrolled in a school in Western Australia
· Nominations must be made through a WA secondary school
· A school can nominate multiple students
· Previous award winners are not eligible for nomination
· Previous unsuccessful nominees can be re-nominated.
Nominations from schools in other States and Territories are ineligible.
How will the nomination process work?
· Nominations by schools
All nominations must be made through the student’s school.
· Go online and submit a Positive Image Award 2013 Nomination
To nominate a student, a nomination form must be completed online and the selection criteria addressed by the nominator (teacher or student council member) on behalf of the student nominee.
Please note, the nominee must consent to the nomination and publication of their name and be willing to make themselves available for media opportunities, if required.
Use this link to access the Positive Image Award 2013 Online Nomination Form.
· The Principal must consent to the entry before it is submitted.
The Principal must also be willing to be contacted for verification by providing their contact details at the end of the online nomination form
· Nominees will be in the running to be selected as a Region Ambassador
Once a student is nominated into the Positive Image Award 2013 Program, they will be competing with all other nominees of the same education region for a chance to be selected as a Region Ambassador.
The number of Region Ambassadors to be selected per each education region is shown below (based on population density), with up to 15 Positive Image Award – Regional Ambassadors chosen:
o Goldfields (1)
o Kimberley (1)
o Midwest (1)
o Pilbara (1)
o Southwest (2)
o Wheatbelt (1)
o North Metropolitan (4)
o South Metropolitan (4)
· A Region Ambassador is automatically nominated for the top award
An overall winner, the Positive Image Award Ambassador, will be selected from among the 15 Region Ambassadors.
In 350 words or less per nominee, the nominator (Student Council representative or teacher) at the school is asked to describe how each of their nominees is a positive role model through:
- initiating or participating in youth projects and activities in the school or community
- inspiring other students through their actions in the school or community
The winning student from each education region will win a prize of $150 and Positive Image Award - Region Ambassador Certificate.
The trophy for the overall winner will be presented by the Minister for Youth (or representative) to the winning student during a visit to the school in September 2013. The overall winner will also receive a Fujifilm camera and win a further 24 Fujifilm cameras for their school.
The judging process will take place in late June 2013. All entries will be judged at the Department for Communities in Perth.
· The judging panel will consist of young people, sponsors and youth organisations, and be chaired by a representative from the Department for Communities.
· The judges will assess each nomination according to:
o nature of the work undertaken by the student to promote young people positively
o strength of the messages conveyed by the student
o impact of the work done by the student in the school or community
· The panel of judges will select winner/s from each education region. The Region Ambassadors will be announced in August 2013.
· The panel of judges will also select from among the Region Ambassadors the overall Positive Image Award winner.