The Epic Flight Centenary 2019 Schools Competition, sponsored by Boeing, is open to South Australian school students in years R-10 from all sectors – providing an opportunity to participate in research, and develop an understanding of these incredible aviators and their world-beating achievement.
The competition is open to South Australian students enrolled in government, Catholic and Independent schools, and those who are home schooled, in years R-10. It is also open to individual South Australian members of groups such as the Australian Air Force Cadets and the Australian Air League, who will be assessed in the appropriate year level.
Teachers can enter their class as a team, or their students individually. Students can also enter individually.
Teachers: to help with our planning, please let us know if you are intending to take part by sending a brief email with your name, school, year level and number of children to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday 22 July: entries open.
Friday 7 September: deadline for entries.
Tuesday 24 September: winners announced on the Epic Flight Centenary website (with individual winners notified via email in the same week).
Entries will be judged on knowledge and understanding, structure and clarity, evidence of research and use of both primary and secondary sources. The decision of judges is final.
You can choose to enter one of two competition categories – the first with connections to Science/Maths/STEM and the second with connections to English/HASS/Geography/Art. You’ll find examples of how you might show us further below, as well as some exploration questions to encourage thinking, discussion and research around the topic.
Category 1. Connections with Science/Maths/STEM
In 1919, South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith – with their trusty mechanics Wally Shiers (SA) and Jim Bennett (Vic) – made the first flight across the world from England to Australia. Explore the advances in technology between the Vickers Vimy and the Royal Australian Air Force’s new P-8 Poseidon.
Things you might consider include, but aren’t limited to:
Category 2. Connections with English/HASS/Geography/Art
In 1919, South Australian brothers Ross and Keith Smith – with their trusty mechanics Wally Shiers (SA) and Jim Bennett (Vic) – achieved the first flight across the world from England to Australia. International experts say that pioneering flight was as awe-inspiring in its day as man landing on the moon. Tell us what you find so inspiring about the epic flight?
Examples of topics you might explore (or please choose your own):
Examples of how you might show us include, but aren’t limited to…
(For all subjects: Science/Maths/STEM/ English/HASS/Geography/Art)
Some exploration questions to consider when making your competition entry…
• What do you already know about the Epic Flight? • What questions do you have about this? • What else do you want to know? • What information and sources are available to find out about this?
• When the Vimy flew from Darwin to Adelaide via the eastern states, many Australians would have seen an aircraft for the first time. How do you think Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people would have reacted and why?
• Why might people want to know about the Epic Flight? • What might different types of people say about it? • How could you find out? • Who might be interested in this?
• What language do you need to use? • What vocabulary would you need to use to discuss this? • Are there any new terms or vocabulary you need to understand?
• What is the connection between the Epic Flight and how people use flight in the present?
• What if the Epic Flight never happened? What effects might this have had on South Australian History?
• What do you find interesting and/or unexpected about the Epic Flight? • What surprises you? • What confuses you?
Each submission must be accompanied by the EFC Schools Competition Class-Student Entry and Declaration.
Entries may be posted (as a hard document or on a USB), emailed or hand-delivered, and received by no later than 5pm on Friday 7 September 2019. Late entries will not be accepted.
Email entries to: email@example.com (with EFC Schools Competition in the subject field and declaration form attached).
Post entries to:
EFC Schools Competition
History Trust of South Australia
GPO Box 1836
Adelaide SA 5001
Hand deliver entries to:
History Trust of South Australia
Torrens Parade Ground
Adelaide SA 5000
For further information phone (08) 8203 9888 or email Epic Flight Centenary program coordinator Lainie Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.