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!

July

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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August

Sun
4
Event image for Dental Health Week (TBC)
August 4 - August 10
Dental Health Week (TBC)

The focus of this year’s campaign is on the harm sugar does to oral health, aiming to help Australians to ‘get sugar savvy’. The campaign includes recommended daily sugar consumption levels, advice on reading food labels, and spells out the effect sugar has on our teeth. 

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Sat
10
Event image for National Science Week
August 10 - August 18
National Science Week

The school theme for National Science Week in 2024 is Species Survival - More than just sustainability. The theme aims to highlight the importance of science and innovation in ensuring the survival and thriving of different species in an ever-changing world.

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Sat
17
Event image for Book Week
August 17 - August 23
Book Week

Each year since 1945 the CBCA has brought children and books together across Australia through CBCA Book Week. During this time schools and public libraries spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators.

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September

Sat
7
Event image for National Threatened Species Day
September 7
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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Thu
12
Event image for R U OK? Day
September 12
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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Sun
15
Event image for International Day of Democracy
September 15
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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