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News and Competitions

Students - News & Competitions

News and Reports

Students learning German have many opportunities to use and develop their language skills.


Scroll down to find good news stories for and about students of German (incl. results of competitions) and links to news media websites



VCE Scaling Report

Find out how choosing German advantages your ATAR score in Year 12. Not all subjects are treated equally!




Exchanges, Scholarships and Awards

The Expression of Interest forms for the AGTV-BJR Exchange will open for the 2017-2018 exchange in Term 1 2016.

SAGSE are always looking for host families (Yrs 10 to 12) and applications for scholarships (Years 11 and 12) are usually due in May.

The Goethe-Institut/AGTV Year 10 Awards applications are also due in May.


Competitions for Students

Competitions will come online throughout the year.

Scroll down on this page for results from previous competitions


International Qualifications for Students of German

Internationally recognised certificates can be achieved by students through the Goethe-Institut in Australia.

Assessment can be conducted in your school by arrangement in some cases. This is a wonderful opportunity and well worth pursuing to promote your language program.

This is opportunity is not available in other languages. Contact your local Goethe-Institut for information about these exams. Visit the GI central website for an overview:

Why not attend one of the classes for students at the Goethe-Instiut for young people.




Read about how learning German can open doors to new experiences and success.


AGTV Years 5 to 9 Poetry State Final Results


AGTV Kunst und Poesie Winners


AGTV Chor des Jahres

This competition was first held in 2015.

2016 Chor des Jahres

  • Little Yarra Steiner School - First Prize
  • Mentone Girls GS - Best Weihnachtslied Prize
  • Viewbank College - Best Volkslied Prize
  • German Language School Temple Society Australia - Primary Prize

2015 Chor des Jahres Winners

  • Ensemble Under 10 - Donvale Christian College
  • Ensemble Over 10 - Good Shepherd Lutheran Primary School


AGTV Song des Jahres Competition

Students write a song in German and produce a CD cover. (formerly Deutsch roX)

Past Winning Songs

  • 2016 - Group: "Welt nicht zu verlieren" - German Band at Caulfield Grammar School
  • 2016 - Solo: "Lass Herzen im Takt bleiben" - Alexis Warden - Oberon HS
  • 2015 - "Lern es, leb es, lieb es! - Year 10 students at Oberon High School
  • 2014 - 'Wir werden' - Year 10 students at CLC in Eltham
  • 2013 - ' Das Wochenende' - Year 10 students from Oberon HS in Geelong
  • 2012 - Michael from Vermont SC
  • 2011 - Ilaria, Sarah, Leeah, Jaimi and Caitlin from CLC Eltham


AGTV Competition - Werbespot

This competition was offered for the first time in 2015.

2016: Advertise a product or service for young people

  • First Prize - Little Yarra Steiner School: Esssofort
  • Second Prize - Heatmont College: Glücklich-Schokolade
  • Third Prize - Viewbank College: SPI Schulprodukte Inc.
  • Creative Editing - Viewbank College: Machen Schön

2015 Topic: Choose German

  • Winner Team: Frau Wurst GmbH - Oberon HS
  • Runner-Up: Schlange Enterprises - Viewnbank College


Goethe-Institut / AGTV Scholarships (Year 10/11)

Winner of the 3-week holiday course in Germany

Applications close in May

  • 2017 - MIchael Hough - Brentwood SC
  • 2016 - Taraneh (Tara) Keshavarz - The University High School
  • 2015 - Awar Awo - Hillcrest Christian College
  • 2014 - Jack Ferry - Westbourne Grammar School
  • 2013 - Alex Shem - Bright P-12 College
  • 2012 - Hayley Major - Luther College
  • 2011 - Eli Ivey -  Bendigo South East College and Emily Danes - Vermont SC
  • 2010 - Lachlan Douglass - Oberon HS
  • 2009 - Jacqueline Da Costa - MacRobertson Girls' HS and Holly Sizer - Mirboo North SC
  • 2008 - Caitlyn Dunstan - Sebastopol SC
  • 2007 - Naomi Kerber - Dimboola Memorial SC
  • 2006 - Josh McInnes - Oberon HS
  • 2005 - Molly Herben - Rainbow SC and Samuel Chatwin - Mooroolbark SC
  • 2004 - Jacinta Phelps - Melton SC


Goethe-Institut School Film Festival and Awards

The AGTV have sponsored prizes for this competition since its foundation in 2002.

Congratulations to Box Hill HS for the 2011 film Alle Wege führen nach Rom winning the Most Outstanding Film in 10 years of the competition in Victoria at the 2012 School Film Festival in Melbourne.


Winners of the AGTV SAGSE Scholarship

The AGTV has sponsored a SAGSE Scholarship since 1979.

Information about this scholarship program founded in 1967 on the SAGSE Website

  • 2017 - To be announced in October
  • 2016 - Astro Spiller - VSL Distance Ed (College of the Arts)
  • 2015 - Matthew Atherton - VSL Distance Ed (Timboon P-12 College)
  • 2014 - Michelle Roberts - VSL Distance Ed (Corryong College)
  • 2013 - Amber Hanson - Oberon HS
  • 2012 - Brittany Wren - Dimboola Memorial SC
  • 2011 - Gemma O'Hara - Billanook College
  • 2010 - Harrison Watt - Heathmont College
  • 2009 - Henry Paez - Castlemaine SC
  • 2008 - Lauren Cahill - Mount Eliza SC
  • 2007 - Andrew Madden - Oberon HS
  • 2006 - Josh McKie - Melbourne GS
  • 2005 - Alecia Black - Marist-Sion College


Language Perfect World Championships

Students from around the world compete in this award-winning, international online competition. An entry fee usually applies.

AGTV member schools compete for the AGTV LP Cup - and special prizes for primary schools.


  • 2017 - McKinnon Secondary College
  • 2017 - Special Primary School Awards - Spring Gully PS
  • 2016  - McKinnon Secondary College
  • 2016 - Special Primary School Awards - Spring Gully PS
  • 2015 - Viewbank College
  • 2015 - Special Primary School Awards - Spring Gully PS
  • 2014 - Viewbank College + World Champions for German
  • 2013 - Viewbank College




Listen and read about the news in German. Reports are drawn from various sources. You can research topics with the search engine for Blinde Kuh and much more - in German.

News, games etc

Sowieso is a portal for news and more

News and Information about Sport

Deutsche Welle

Learn about Germany through Slow German Podcasts with transcripts.

European Green Capital Awards

Online newspaper (plus much more) for younger students in Germany. Great for learners of German, the articles are brief and cover a range of topics and are archived from A to Z.

Online magazine for younger readers but also easier reading for older readers

Find out what is going on in Germany for young people.

Daily Blog of Cultural Information

Hilfe! Ich verstehe nicht.

Need help with understanding the news in German? Learn common vocabulary used.



SBS Radio German Program

Listen to German radio streaming online, through the SBS App or on your radio.

You can also contribute to a regular segment called Jungendmailbox and share your thoughts and opinions - in German of course. Ask your teacher how?


World Premiere: JUGENDMAILBOX on SBS Radio 2011

An opportunity for students to hear their voices on the airways about topics that are of interest or concern to them. Ask your teacher how to become involved in the JUGENDMAILBOX project.


GDO - German Day Out July 2011


BLOG by a Victorian Student on the BJR Exchange 2010-2011

A personal Blog from a student beginning with hosting and then her experiences on exchange and beyond: 


SAGSE Scholarship De-Briefing in March 2012

Gemma O'Hare, the recipient of the AGTV sponsored Society for Australian-German Student Exchange scholarship in 2011, spoke very well at the De-Briefing held at Scotch College. The De-Briefing is where the scholarship winners formally report on their experiences to their sponsors and the public, including students interested in applying. 


Blasts from the Pasts

Primary students wrote Elfchen poems after the Primary German Day Out at the Zoo in 2008.


Competitions for Students

Students - News & Competitions

You can find information and links here about opportunities and competitions for students of German


Watch this space!  You have to be in it to win it!




Competition: AGTV Kunst und Poesie

Open to primary students in Years F-6, who are learning German at AGTV member schools. Students produce an artwork and write an Elfchen.

Artist in Focus in 2017: Wald

Ask your teacher about how to enter!


Deadline for entries: Friday 25th August, 2017


Competition: AGTV Werbespot

A new competition open to secondary students from AGTV schools.

Task: Produce a 10 to 40 second video advertisement .

Ask your teacher about how to enter!

Deadline for entries: Friday, 1st September 2017

Watch past winners:


Competition: AGTV Song des Jahres

Elements: Write and record an original song in German AND design a CD cover.

Open to all students learning German from AGTV member schools.

Ask your teacher about how to enter!

Deadline for Entries: 8 Sep 2017

Listen to past entries:


Competition: AGTV Chor des Jahres

Choirs of students from AGTV member schools are invited to enter the Chor des Jahres competition.

Choirs record a performance of a song in German in any style.

Ask your teacher about it.

Deadline for entries: Friday, 20th October 2017

Listen to past winners:


Competition: AGTV Victorian Poetry Competition Years 4 to 9

Learn and Recite a Poem in German

Each year regional finals are held in AGTV Networks for students from AGTV member schools to select students to represent the network at the State Final in August.

Students compete in one of two sections: DaF or OPEN. Ask your teacher about it!


Goethe Poetry Competition for Years 10 to 12

The competition will be held at the Monash University in 2016. It alternates with the University of Melbourne

The AGTV recommends the competition to all students learning German in Years 10 to 12. Details will be advertised when the university pass them on.


Language Perfect World Championships in May

The annual online international competition to test your skills in vocabulary. All participants receive a certificate. Ask your teacher to register your school.

Education Perfect have donated an AGTV World Championship Cup to be awarded to the AGTV member school with the highest number of points for German.

Since 2015, there is also a special competition for students from AGTV member Primary Schools with special prizes.

This competition is hosted by Education Perfect (formerly Language Perfect), a private company based in New Zealand. The AGTV is an official partner of the competition.


Goethe-Institut School Film Festival: Make a Film in German!

Ever thought of winning an Oscar? How about a Karlchen? That is what the awards are called at the National Film Festival.

Start your career in films in your German class an enter the Goethe-Institut School Film Festival. The AGTV sponsors the Victorian prizes.

Students learning German in schools make a film no longer than 4 minutes in the German language in response to the topic. It can be a film, an animation, a documentary, an advertisement etc. Your film might be selected to be screened at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) at Federation at Square in October. If it is, you  will be invited through the school to see it on the big screen as the judging takes place at the Victorian festival.

The winning films in each category will automatically be entered in the National Film Festival the following year.

Deadline for entries: Friday 8th September 2017

The Goethe-Institut School Film Festival was founded in 2002 and the AGTV has provided continuous sponsorship of prizes in Victoria since its foundation.


SBS National Languages Competition

SBS want to encourage and celebrate a love of learning languages in Australia. It’s a nationwide competition to engage school children and reflect on the cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Australia's multicultural society.

Produce and upload a video (maximum 30 seconds long) describing ‘What learning a language means to you?’ Remember, the video is to be in any language other than English and the more creative the better!

Deadline for entries: Friday 1st September 2017


Tips and Tricks for Movie Making

The Goethe-Institut website has some pointers about making movies and copyright issues related to using music.

Other resources

Free and fee for use music and sounds - please check copyright details!