Announcing the inaugural Kinghorn Award

25 July 2022

Primary Ethics is delighted to announce the inaugural Kinghorn Award for Primary Ethics volunteers, which brings substantial prize money to go to the recipient’s chosen school and public recognition and appreciation for the often-unsung efforts of our wonderful volunteers.

The Award

This award will honour an ethics volunteer who is an inspirational role model for other volunteers – and for their school and community. We want to acknowledge someone who has contributed substantially to Primary Ethics’ mission: someone without whom the local – or regional – ethics program would not be where it is today.

The award is open to all ethics teachers, coordinators, regional managers and members of the Classroom Support Team. Every volunteer can nominate other volunteers for this award – there is no limit on numbers of nominations. Only volunteers who have been active in 2022 are eligible to be nominated.

We are looking for someone who:

    • has made a significant contribution to our mission to support children to develop skills in ethical reasoning, critical thinking and respectful discussion
    • has taken great effort to progress our goal to grow our program so that all parents have the option of choosing ethics for their child
    • has conducted themselves in a manner true to our values of respect, integrity, independence, excellence and teamwork
    • and without whom our program would not have developed to where it is today.

The prize

The winner has the privilege of directing $4000 towards the library service in the school or schools of their choosing. They will be awarded an engraved trophy and their school will be offered an engraved plaque with their details as this inaugural volunteer award winner.

We will present the award to the winner at a ceremony in December 2022, streamed live for all Primary Ethics volunteers to attend.

Make your nomination here >>

Nominations close at midnight on 31 August, 2022.

The winner will be announced in November 2022.

Why the Kinghorn Award?

The Chair of the Primary Ethics Board, Bruce Hogan, through his Hogan Family Foundation, is funding this award in order to recognise the fantastic contribution of the Kinghorn Family Foundation to Primary Ethics.

Primary Ethics would not be where it is today without the Kinghorns. From 2013 to 2022, John and Jill Kinghorn’s Foundation provided significant funding to Primary Ethics. This generous funding directly resulted in the employment of urgently needed staff to manage and develop ethics programs and provide teacher training.

This new Kinghorn Award recognises both the pivotal role the Foundation has played and the significant role of the winner in bringing our ethics program to more children in our state.

The judging panel

The judging panel will be comprised of:

    • The Chair of the Primary Ethics Board, Bruce Hogan
    • Jill Kinghorn of the Kinghorn Family Foundation
    • Two randomly selected volunteers – you can express interest in being on the panel on the nomination form
    • CEO of Primary Ethics, Evan Hannah

We hope all our volunteers will be as excited as we are about this new award. Now is the time to think, reason and if necessary discuss your reasons for choosing your nominee – and then go ahead and nominate them!