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 cultures, histories and issues in an engaging, stimulating and creative way.

Every year, we ask students to to create artworks inspired by a reconciliation-related theme, and to reflect on what reconciliation means to them. In 2016, our theme was “Always Was, Always Will Be”, and we received more than a thousand entries from 74 different schools across the state.  The 2016 winners were:

Primary School Art:

  1. Juliana and Loreli from Point Clare Public School
  2. Maarij, Zena, Ahmad, Wassim, Nurideen and Hussein from Chullora Public School
  3. Tiana from Brighton-Le-Sands Public School

Primary School Writing:

  1. Aarya from Blaxcell Street Public School
  2. Liam from Point Clare Public School

High School Art:

  1. Ryan from Reddam House
  2. Jade from Taree Christian College
  3. Sophia from Reddam House

High School Writing:

  1. Freya from Hornsby Girls’ High School
  2. Sarah from West Wyalong High School

You can see all the winning artworks and stories from the 2016 Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge here.

Over the past seven years of the Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge, we’ve been consistently inspired and amazed at 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.

Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge Regional Tour

NSWRC and the National Trust Australia (NSW) are joining forces to present a state-wide tour of award-winning artworks from the 2016 Schools’ Reconciliation Challenge.

Sixteen student artworks will be put on display at a series of National Trust venues around NSW. They’ll start off at the National Trust Observatory Hill, before travelling to Cooma Cottage Yass, where they will feature in local arts festival Sculpture In The Paddock. After that, they will spend six months travelling around the state, from Saumarez Homestead in Armidale, to Woodford Academy  in the Blue Mountains, to Dundullimal Homestead in Dubbo. For more information, 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. We facilitate the program through a Teaching Kit which conforms to the current NSW primary and secondary school syllabuses, and through online or 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