School Events and Awareness Days

Welcome to the 2023 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 resource 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!


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September 4 - December 22
Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Begins

Students entering the competition are required to draw or paint a picture of what they imagine their dream car will look like.

There are three different age categories for the competition:

•  Under 8’s •  8 to 11-year-olds •  12 to 15-year-olds

The top three place-getter winners in each of the age categories will be chosen and one of these lucky students will be selected by the judges as the ‘Australian Dream Car Contest Champion’.

The child who wins first prize in the competition will win a $2,500 VISA Gift Card for their school, and another $2,500 VISA Gift Card for themselves. There are also eight $275 VISA Gift Cards to be won for the other winners across the age categories.

Head to our Curriculum Resources page for more information.

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September 6 - September 7
National Health and Physical Education Day

(HPE) Day is a nationwide initiative highlighting the importance of HPE in the Australian Curriculum, and its influence on the learning and development of children. Everyone has a role in helping young people achieve healthier and happier lives. Help celebrate the health and well-being of our future generations.

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September 7 - September 8
National Threatened Species Day

Threatened Species Day highlights native plants, animals, & ecosystems that are under threat and reflect on how we can protect them into the future. The day also celebrates the amazing work being done to save them by passionate conservationists, researchers, volunteers, & community experts.

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September 14 - September 15
R U OK? Day

R U OK? Day is our national day of action dedicated to reminding everyone that every day is the day to ask, “Are you OK?” and support those struggling with life's ups and downs. Use the free resources available on the R U OK? Day page to get your school, university or TAFE involved.

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September 15 - September 16
International Day of Democracy

The International Day of Democracy is observed every year on September 15, with the purpose of promoting and upholding the principles of democracy. The values of freedom, respect for human rights, and the principle of holding periodic and genuine elections by universal suffrage are essential elements of democracy.

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September 20 - September 21
World Heart Day

World Heart Day is an opportunity for everyone to stop and consider how best to use heart for humanity, for nature, and for you. Beating cardiovascular disease (CVD) is something that matters to every beating heart.

Use Heart means to think differently. To make the right decisions. To act with courage. To help others. To engage with this important cause. The heart is the only organ you can hear and feel. It is the first and last sign of life. It is one of the few things with the potential to unite all of us as people.

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September 25
Faber-Castell Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition entries close

Entries close for Faber-Castell's Create Your Mark for a Brighter Future Creative Competition on 25 September 2023.

Dream big and inspire action for the environment with this popular competition.

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September 30
MobileMuster Schools Competition

Entries for the MobileMuster Schools Competition close on 30 September 2023.

For more details about the Competition and to find resources to help you need to help your students create drawings, take photos or develop short films that 'Inspire Recycling Action', click the button below.

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