Name our Icebreaker competition

Name our Icebreaker competitionName our Icebreaker competition

Australia’s new icebreaker will be called RSV Nuyina (noy-yee-nah), meaning ‘Southern Lights’ in palawa kani, the language of Tasmanian Aborigines. The Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, announced the name and the winners of the competition in Hobart on Friday 29 September.

The Southern Lights, also known as aurora australis, are an atmospheric phenomenon formed over Antarctica that reaches northwards to light up Australian – and particularly Tasmanian – skies.

Australia’s current long serving icebreaker the RSV Aurora Australis bears the name of the Southern Lights, while the first Australian Antarctic ship, Sir Douglas Mawson’s SY Aurora was named after the same phenomenon.

The name RSV Nuyina continues this theme and forms another chapter in the story of connection between Australia and Antarctica, which has played out historically over the past century and geologically over a much longer time frame, continually watched over by the dancing green curtains of light.

Winners travel to Antarctica

Many thanks to everyone who entered the ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition. The national naming competition attracted nearly 800 entries from primary and secondary students across every state and territory, with many creative, thoughtful and inspiring ideas put forward by Australian students.

The major prize winners were from Secret Harbour Primary School in Western Australia (Primary category) and St Virgil's College, Tasmania (Secondary category). Six children from each school travelled to Australia's Wilkins Aerodrome on 22 November 2017 for the Antarctic experience of a lifetime!

Four runner-up prizes of a $500 technology voucher were awarded to Rokeby Primary School in Tasmania, Ulladulla High School in New South Wales, Essex Heights Primary School in Victoria and Cowell Area School in South Australia.

Share your thoughts

We would appreciate it if teachers who entered the ‘Name our Icebreaker’ competition could take five minutes to complete a short survey.

Download a Certificate of Participation

Teachers who entered the competition can download a Certificate of Participation [PDF] for their class.

Keep up with news about RSV Nuyina

Construction of RSV Nuyina is underway and the icebreaker will arrive in Hobart in 2020. Find the latest icebreaker news on the Australian Antarctic Division website, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Continue learning about the new icebreaker through seven Australian curriculum-aligned modules about the ship and discover more Antarctic teaching resources from the Classroom Antarctica home page.