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Networking through the AGTV Inc. Across Victoria

The Individual Members of the AGTV are from Government (incl. VSL), Independent, Catholic and Community schools, who collaborate to offer activities for students and professional learning opportunities for teachers.

Communication is mostly through websites and direct email to individual members, reducing the workload for all, but also in person at events, where teachers have the opportunity to initiate and maintain professional relationships with colleagues.

Only occasional emails are sent to schools for distribution to all teachers of German with summaries of opportunities for students and teachers of German.

Events and services are listed for online registration under 'Events & Registration' on this companion website or through links on 'What's on for German'.

The AGTV Inc. allocated schools within identified networks within DET regions.

Network Leaders assist the committee in facilitating services and events organised by the committee, and may also initiate other services for members (teachers and students) under the guidelines of the committee. Any event held in the name of the AGTV need to be endorsed by the committee.
AGTV Network Activities for Students

AGTV Years 4 to 9 Poetry Competition

The AGTV facilitates Regional Finals and a State Final for students entering this competition.

Network Leaders assist the Committee in facilitating the Regional Finals by finding a host school and supporting the Regional Final Coordinator. The contact details of schools registering interest are forwarded to the Network Leaders.

Only students from AGTV member schools may enter this competition. If the school is not a current member, the contact teacher will be notified to arrange payment or an application for membership.


Schools are required to nominate a teacher to register the school's participation. The school contact d
etails will be forwarded to the relevant Network to facilitate planning of the Regional Final.

Registration for 2019

  • Contact the AGTV if your school wishes to participate

Information about how to register for the Regional Final will be forwarded by the Regional Final Coordinator to those schools who registered their participation by the due date.

About the AGTV Competition

There are individual and group sections for students to enter at a Regional Final: 

  • DaF* or Open Individual and/or
  • Open Group Performance - a group is 2 to 10 students 

*The DaF Section is restricted to students learning German as a new language from classroom exposure at school.

Students recite a poem by heart chosen from the list provided by the AGTV Committee. There is only one poem for the Group Performance.

The Group Performance will be in front of an audience at the Regional Final. Groups can be combinations of any groups of students learning German (e.g. DaF and Open, primary and secondary, multi-year level.) NB: The Group Performance is only at the Regional Final. 

Poems for 2019

Poems were forwarded to the contact teachers at registered schools on 29 April 2019.


Available on request.

NB: Students still need to interpret the poems.

Certificate for Students at the School

The Committee produces an official AGTV 'Certificate of Achievement' to be forwarded to the Contact Teachers by the end of Term 2.

      AGTV Regional Finals for Years 4 to 9

      Students are selected from schools to enter a Regional Final. The dates will be advertised when a host school, Regional Final Coordinator and date are confirmed. 

      The Coordinator of the Regional Final determines how many students for each section and year level may attend and may charge a modest fee to cover costs.

      Students may only compete in ONE Regional Final.

      Students in the individual DaF and Open compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at an AGTV Regional Final.

      Students recite their poem by heart at a Regional Final using the AGTV criteria.

      Eligible winners* from year levels within each section may compete at the State Final.

      *Year 4 individual DaF and Year 4 and Group Open students only compete in Regional Finals.

      AGTV State Final for Years 5 to 9

      Only students competing at a Regional Final will be eligible for entry to the State Final.There is no charge to enter the State Final

      The State Final of individual sestions will be held on Saturday 17th August 2019.

      AGTV Regional Finals as at 8 August 2019

      The current focus for AGTV networks is for the organisation of Regional Finals of the AGTV Year 4 to 9 Poetry Competition for students from AGTV member schools, and to respond to other local needs of individual members. Events for teachers within AGTV Networks need to be listed on our Events page.

      Regional Finals should be held in Term 3 or near the very end of Term 2. Results of Regional Finals due no later than- Saturday 10th August 2019.

      The State Final is on Saturday 17th August.

      Please note these dates when planning regional finals or other activities for students in 2019:

      • UN Model Conference for German Fri 21 June 2019
      • GI are planning a Careers Day for 18 July 2019
      • AGTV Year 12 Forum on Sun 28 July 2019
      • AGTV State Poetry Final Sat 17 Aug 2019
      • Goethe Poetry Competition (Yrs 10-12) this year at the University of Melbourne: Wed 21 August
          Confirmed Regional Final dates in brackets below.

          DET South Western Region

          • South West Metro (Tue 30 Jul at Good News Lutheran College)
          • SW Community / VSL (not in 2018)
          • Ballarat Goldfields / VSL (Wed 7 Aug at Ballarat Clarendon College)
          • Geelong Western District /VSL (Thur 1 Aug at the the Geelong Karneval Society)
          • Wimmera Mallee (Wed 24 July at Horsham College)
          DET North Western Region
          • North West Metro (30 July tbc at CLC)
          • NW Bilingual (Not in 2019)
          • NW Inner Community School (Sat 22 Jun at German Saturday School)
          • NW Outer Community School (Sat 3 Aug at Geckos German Community School)
          • VSL Distance Education (Not in 2019)
          • Calder / VSL (Wed 24 Jul at Bendigo South East College)

          DET North Eastern Region

          • North East Inner Metro (Tuesday 30 July at Presbyterian Ladies' College)
          • North East Knox Metro (Wed 7 Aug at Vermont SC)
          • North East Monash Metro (Tue 6 Aug at Amsleigh Park PS)
          • North East Outer Metro (Mon 5 Aug at Donvale Christian College)
          • NE Bilingual (Tue 30 Jul at Bayswater South PS)
          • Hume / VSL (Thur 8 Aug at Bright P-12)

          DET South Eastern Region

          • South East Bayside (Not in 2019)
          • South East Peninsula (Primary Thur 25 Jul at Carrum PS; Secondary Fri 26 Jul at Mentone Grammar)
          • South/North East Community / VSL (Wed 31 Jul at Temple Society German School in Bentleigh)
          • Gippsland /VSL (Wed 24 Jul at Club Astoria in Morwell)


            The first competition was held 25 years ago in 1993 for Years 8 and 9 students.

              Professional Learning for Members

              The demands on teachers have increased over time alongside the development of technology. This has impacted on our volunteer Committee and Network Leaders and the way we deliver services.

              All professional learning opportunities, student events and services will in most cases be listed on the 'Events and Registration' page of this companion website for online registration either through the AGTV or a partner.

              AGTV Professional Learning

              It is important to continue to support each other, no matter in which location or sector we are living or working.

              Therefore, all professional learning opportunities will be offered to all individual members including AGTV Network meetings

              This means that if a Network Leader organises a professional learning event, it will be listed on the Events page for registration and open to all members for whom it is of interest. In this way, we share the limited time and resources.

              Distinctions will be made between individual members and non-members for professional learning. Some opportunities for professional learning will only be offered to current individual members.

              AGTV Services for Students

              Distinctions will also be made between member and non-member schools e.g. cost to students and access to services. Most opportunities for students will only be offered to students from current member schools.

              Other events organised for students organised withing local AGTV Networks will only be open to all schools if determined by the Network.

              NB: Only students from member schools may participate in the AGTV Poetry Competition.


              The AGTV-BJR Student Exchange is open to students learning German from AGTV member schools across Victoria and AGTV registered schools in Tasmania.

              The AGTV is a registered Student Exchange Organisation with the VRQA and TASC.

              Contact the AGTV-BJR Coordinator:


              More information under: Scholarships & Exchanges

              Key Reference Points for AGTV Services

              These sites on the main AGTV website are updated as opportunities arise and events are finalised.

              • Emails directly to individual members


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