Schools Reconciliation Challenge
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual writing and art competition for young people across NSW and the ACT.
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is one way for students to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia and contribute positively to Australian society, while meeting the objectives of the K-6 and 7-10 syllabus.
Every year, we ask students to create artworks and stories inspired by a theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. In 2018, our theme is Our Voices, Our Future!
Our Voices, Our Future is about celebrating the voices of young people and empowering students to recognise that their voices matter. Young people are our future and every young person has a unique and important role to play in contributing their voices to reconciliation.
Our Voices, Our Future is also about acknowledging and valuing the place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples voices and perspectives within Australia’s national story and reconciliation journey. It is about recognising the diversity and dynamism of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and contributions; celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages and knowledges and appreciating the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and self-representation.
It is about recognising some of the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices have been ignored or misrepresented in the past, and about creating a rightful place for the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to be actively listened to – now and into the future.
This theme explores the importance of coming together and engaging in conversations and collaborations that build mutual respect, trust and understanding. It is about listening, speaking up and working together to create a better future.
Register your interest in the 2019 Schools Reconciliation Challenge and find out more about how Reconciliation NSW supports, inspires and educates teachers and students throughout NSW and the ACT.
Past Themes and Catalogues
2010 Reconciliation, the Road Ahead
2011 You Me Us
2012 Our Place
2013 Say Something!
2014 Our Journey
2015 Homegrown Heroes
2016 Always Was, Always Will Be
2017 Where’s Your Country?
2018 Our Voices, Our Future
The Schools Reconciliation Challenge Regional Tour
Each year supported by National Trust Australia, the winning entries are assembled into an exhibition and tour NSW.
Tour dates 2018 – Where’s your Country