Schools' Reconciliation Challenge

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The Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge (SRC) is our annual art and writing competition for young people in NSW in years 5 to 9. The program targets educational institutions across NSW, providing educators with comprehensive teaching resources and activities around reconciliation. It aims to use art and writing as vehicles for engagement in reconciliation, 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 is proud to announce that our Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge for 2016 has officially opened! For the first time in 2016, teachers participating in the Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge have the choice between two mediums; artworks and short stories. We’ve also broadened the scope of the competition so that it is applicable across a number of curriculum areas, including English, Visual Arts and History.

We facilitate the program through a Teaching Kit which conforms to the current NSW primary and secondary school syllabuses. The theme for 2016 is “Always was, Always will be” and explores different moments across Australia’s shared history. It encourages students to consider our uniquely Australian history and to celebrate the resilience and continuity of Aboriginal cultures across NSW. A number of historical moments have been profiled in the Kit, forming an inclusive picture of Australia’s history.

The competition is open from 22 January until 10 June, 2016. Competition entry forms and further details, can be found in our 2016 e-Kit, which can be downloaded here.

If you would like to register your school’s interest, request a hard copy of the Kit and be kept up to date about our exciting upcoming workshops for students – please send an email to

To complement our Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge this year, we have developed a new partnership with The Centre for Cultural Competence Australia (CCCA) who specialise in online nationally accredited foundation level courses in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Competence.

The curriculum has been designed to provide individuals with a foundational knowledge in the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Australia, their cultures, and the effects of colonisation and government policies and practices. Courses are designed to be non-confrontational and self-paced. To register your interest or to purchase a training course click here.   

Photos of all the final entries for 2015 are below.

girls with their entry
The Journey