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 2019 our theme is Speaking and Listening from the Heart.

Speaking and Listening from the Heart  is about learning, sharing and growing together.  Listening to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is at the heart of reconciliation and Speaking and Listening from the Heart allows students and teachers to create art and writing works that are inspired and influenced by the voices, the stories, the culture and the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.



Speaking and Listening from the Heart is about connecting and sharing what is important to us as individuals, families, communities and as a country; this honest and authentic way of communicating helps us all to understand each other and enable positive transformation and change.

Students are encouraged to connect with their own voices/hearts to tell stories through art and writing that have meaning to them. Listening from the Heart is to pay respect for the guidance of the voices of others, family, Elders, teachers and communities. Listening from the heart asks us to hear, not just the words,  but feel the feelings and see through the eyes of others.

Visit the Schools Reconciliation Challenge website

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

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