School Events and Awareness Days

Welcome to the 2024 schools event calendar!

Awareness events are an awesome way to get kids, parents and educators involved in meaningful learning! We have aligned each awareness event or day with a package of free curriculum-aligned resources, aimed to get the whole school involved. From Harmony Day to STEM day, you can use these resources to teach lessons that help kids build empathy and make change in their local community.

Here’s to a great new year of learning, stay cool!

May

Mon
27
Event image for National Reconciliation Week
May 27
National Reconciliation Week

Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians - as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. 

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June

Wed
5
Event image for World Environment Day
June 5
World Environment Day

World Environment Day is for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment. First held in 1974, it has been a flagship campaign for raising awareness on environmental issues emerging from marine pollution, human overpopulation, and global warming, to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

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Sat
8
Event image for World Oceans Day
June 8
World Oceans Day

On World Oceans Day, people everywhere can celebrate and take action for our shared ocean, which connects us all. Get together with your family, community and/or your company, and join with millions of others around our blue planet to start creating a better future. By working together, we can - and will - protect and restore our shared ocean. Get involved with our resources linked below.

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Thu
20
Event image for World Refugee Day
June 20
World Refugee Day

World Refugee Day is an international day designated by the United Nations to honour refugees around the globe. It falls each year on June 20 and celebrates the strength and courage of people who have been forced to flee their home country to escape conflict or persecution.

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July

Thu
4
Event image for NAIDOC Week
July 4 - July 11
NAIDOC Week

Celebrating the history, culture & achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. NAIDOC week is celebrated by Indigenous communities & Australians from all walks of life. It's a great time to participate in a range of activities & support your local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community.

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Mon
15
Event image for World Youth Skills Day
July 15
World Youth Skills Day

The aim of World Youth Skills Day is to encourage youth to celebrate the value of acquiring skills like building, making, and creating as a way to achieve personal success and fulfillment. Check out these great lessons on offer to help celebrate the day.

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Fri
26
Event image for Schools Tree Day
July 26
Schools Tree Day

Planet Ark’s National Tree Day is the largest tree-planting and nature care event in Australia. It's a day to take the classroom outdoors and connect with your community, and most importantly, to have fun!

Following these lesson plans is an ideal way for your school to take part in Schools Tree Day. You’ll be joining thousands of amazing teachers in making a difference, fostering a child’s love of nature and creating positive environmental change.

If you plan on hosting a planting at your school, be sure to register today to make your efforts count in the national tally - and to find out more about grants from The Seedling Bank, visit treeday.planetark.org.

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Sun
28
Event image for DonateLife Week
July 28 - August 4
DonateLife Week

This DonateLife Week, we encourage more Australians to register to be an organ and tissue donor, and to have a chat about it with their family and friends. While the majority of Australians believe it’s important to be an organ and tissue donor, only one in three are registered!

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