Schools Reconciliation Challenge

"Fabrication" by Bethany Price
"It Lies In The Ground' by Ryan Rubinstein
"Back To The Future" by Juliana Sanders and Loreli Malicia

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge (SRC) is our annual art and writing competition for NSW school students in years 5 to 9. It gives young people across the state the opportunity to learn about and engage with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, histories and reconciliation in an engaging and creative way.

Every year, we ask students to create artworks inspired by a theme and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. In 2017 the theme is Where’s your Country? Through exploring this theme students will develop their understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander connections to Country by focusing on their local Aboriginal Nation. Students are encouraged to learn about their local Aboriginal Nation’s histories, languages and cultures and how each of these have been shaped through deep connections to Country. Through their learning, students will reflect on their own unique relationships with Country and or places where they live. So too will they play an important part in furthering a shared appreciation of, and respect for, their local Aboriginal community’s rich and continuing connections to Country. For more information about the 2017 Schools Reconciliation Challenge click here.


Schools Reconciliation Challenge Entries

Over the past seven years of the Schools Reconciliation Challenge, we’ve been consistently inspired by the entries that have been sent into our headquarters here in Sydney. They’ve shown us that many of tomorrow’s leaders already have a wonderful understanding of the role that reconciliation plays in creating a better future for us all.

We invite you to visit our gallery of artworks and stories from the 2016 Schools Reconciliation Challenge here.


Schools Reconciliation Challenge Regional Tour

In 2016 the NSW Reconciliation Council and the National Trust Australia (NSW) partnered to present a state-wide tour of the award-winning artworks from the 2016 Schools Reconciliation Challenge.

This touring exhibition began at the gallery at National Trust Observatory Hill  and traveled to locations around NSW including Cooma Cottage Yass, Saumarez Homestead in Armidale,  Woodford Academy in the Blue Mountains, and Dundullimal Homestead in Dubbo. For more information about the SRC regional exhibition tour visit our events page.


Information for Schools and Educators

The SRC program provides educators with comprehensive teaching resources and activities around reconciliation. It aims to assist educators to teach their students about Indigenous issues in an informed, meaningful and culturally sensitive manner, and foster respectful relationships between schools and local Aboriginal communities. The NSW Reconciliation Council now facilitates the program through the new Schools Reconciliation Challenge website which includes the teaching kit, additional resources and activities for students and teachers and a portal for online submission of the artworks and stories that students create. This online teaching resource also aligns with the current NSW primary and secondary school syllabuses and provides schools with the opportunity to participate in online and in-person workshops with specialist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander educators.

If you would like to register your school’s interest in next year’s competition or would like to be kept up to date with further information about the SRC, please send an email to [email protected].