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Networking across Victoria and AGTV Poetry Competition

Individual members are from Government (incl. VSL), Independent, Catholic and Community schools, The AGTV provides networking opportunities for teachers from different schools to meet and share ideas and experiences. 

Teachers across schools collaborate in AGTV Networks to offer activities for students, including the AGTV Years 4 to 9 Poetry Competition. (Scroll down for further information about this competition.)

The AGTV is committed to child safety and has zero tolerance of child abuse.

Communication is mostly through:

  • AGTV websites
  • direct email to individual members
  • in person at events, where teachers have the opportunity to initiate and maintain professional relationships with colleagues
  • occasional emails are sent to schools for distribution to all teachers of German with summaries of opportunities for students and teachers of German
  • SZENE, a journal for teachers

Events and services are listed for online registration under 'Events & Registration' via the toolbar above.

School members are allocated by the Committee to AGTV Networks within DET regions.

There are 6 metropolitan and 6 country endorsed AGTV Networks.

Network Leaders are appointed to 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.

NB: Any event held in the name of the AGTV needs to be endorsed by the committee.

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.

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 as determined by the Network.

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


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

The AGTV-BJR Student Exchange is a reciprocal exchange program open to students learning German from AGTV member schools across Victoria.

Students apply to be matched when they are in Year 9 or 10 for the exchange to begin the following year.

Visit the AGTV public website for more information:

AGTV Network Activities for Students

Years 4 to 9 Poetry Competition

The AGTV facilitates Regional Finals for students in Years 4 to 9 and State Finals for Years 5 to 9.

As with all AGTV Competitions, only students from AGTV member schools can enter.

About the AGTV Competition in 2023

Students in Years 4 to 9 are invited to learn a poem for the:

  • Individual DaF* or Individual Open Competition and/or
  • Open Group Performance - a group is a minimum of 3 students from Years 4  to 9

Any student may enter the Open competitions.

*The DaF Section is restricted to students learning German as a new language from classroom exposure at school. Any student whose first or second home language is German or who is a current or past student of a bilingual school must enter the Open section.

A student may only compete in one Individual Regional Final and/or one group performance.

Download information for 2023:


Schools are required to nominate a contact teacher to register the school's participation for the Individual and/or Group Performance competition.

The school contact details will be forwarded to the relevant Network to facilitate planning of the Regional Final for the Individual competition.

Group Performance entries are submitted by the school for state final judging.

Registration for Individual Competitions

Registrations closed at the end of Term 1.

If you missed the registration, please contact the AGTV:

Regional Final Coordinators will be in touch with the Contact Teachers from schools who have registered their participation.

What do students do?

Individual Sections

The Committee provide lists of poems for

Years 4 to 9 DaF and Open.

Students learn a poem from the relevant list to recite a poem by heart.

Schools select entrants for the Regional Final and eligible medal winners from the Regional Final are invited to the State Final.

Open Group Performance

A Group must have a minimum of 3 members and can be combinations of any groups of students learning German from Years 4 to 9 (e.g. DaF and Open, primary and secondary, multi-year level.)

Students learn a poem from the list provided by the Committee to perform as a group in any style. The performance is filmed and submitted to the Committee for State Final judging.

Group Performance entries due by:

Saturday 12th August Thur 31st August

Poems for 2023

Poems have been forwarded to Contact Teachers for 2023.

A recording of the poems will also be available.

Certificate for Students at the School

The Committee produces an official AGTV 'Certificate of Achievement' to be forwarded to the Contact Teachers to distribute to all students who learn a poem for the school competition.

      AGTV Regional Finals for Years 4 to 9 for Individual DaF and Open

      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. 

      There may be a small charge to cover costs for the 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.

      *Year 4 Individual DaF and Year 4 only compete in Regional Finals.

      AGTV Regional Finals as at 4 Aug 2023

      Updated as information is received by the Committee.

      Network Leaders assist the Committee in facilitating the Regional Finals by finding a host school and supporting the Regional Final Coordinator.

      State Final Results for 2022 &

      State Final Dates for 2023

      See bottom of this column.


      Results of Regional Finals due to the Committee by Sat 12th August.

      (Primary may be later by negotiation)

      RFs in AGTV Networks

      DET South Western Region

      • South West Metro Tuesday 8 August - Remote RF
      • Geelong Western District /VSL Thur 10 Aug, Geelong German Karneval Society
      • Wimmera Mallee: Wed 26 July, Horsham College
      DET North Western Region
      • North West Metro Thur 10 Aug - Macleod College
      • Calder / VSL East Loddon P-12 (tbc)

      DET North Eastern Region

      • North East Inner Metro Wed 9 Aug - Trinity GS
      • North East Knox Metro Thur 10 Aug - Secondary Remote, Primary tbc
      • North East Monash Metro  Wed 9 Aug - Box Hill HS
      • North East Outer Metro Mon 31 July, Luther College, Primary tbc
      • Hume / VSL: Thur 10 Aug - Bright P-12 College

      DET South Eastern Region

      • South East Bayside  Wed 9 August, Remote via Caulfield GS
      • South East Peninsula Fri 4 Aug, Hybrid at Hillcrest Christian College
      • Gippsland  tbc


      RFs in Community and Bilingual Schools

      • NW Inner Community School-GSS Sat 29 July, German Saturday School
      • NW Outer Community School-GECKOS Sat 22 July
      • NE Bilingual-BSPS Mon 28 August, Bayswater South PS
      • SE/NE Community-Temple Society Wk of 25 Aug - 1 Sep
      No RF in 2023
      • Ballarat Goldfields
      • NW Bilingual: Deutsche Schule Melbourne
      • VSL / Distance Education

        Fun Fact: The first state final was held in 1993 for Years 8 and 9 students and expanded from then on to include Years 5 to 9. Year 4 only compete at Regional Finals.

        Medals for Regional Finals

        AGTV State Finals for Years 5 to 9

        Group Performance State Final

        Information about submitting entries tbc

        Individual Primary and Secondary State Finals

        The Committee determine how many and who is permitted to enter the State Finals from the Regional Finals. NB: Year 4 do not compete in the State Final.

        Only eligible medal winners at a Regional Final will be invited by the Committee to the State Final.

        The parent/carer registers their child's attendance at the State Final.

        There is no charge to enter the State Final.

        Students are NOT expected to wear uniform.

        Secondary State Final Years 7 to 9

        • Saturday 26 August 2023

        Primary State Final Years 5 to 6

        • Saturday 14 October 2023


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