Terms and conditions

By completing and submitting the 2022 Schools Reconciliation Challenge entry form, each participant agrees to be bound by the following terms and conditions:


  1. To participate in the Schools Reconciliation Challenge, students must currently be enrolled in Years 3–10 at a primary or secondary school in NSW or the ACT or be the equivalent age of a Year 3–10 student. Students may participate independently or as part of a class project.
  2. Entries must be entirely the work of the entrant and must never have been published, self-published, featured on any website or public online forum, broadcast, nor have been entered or won a prize in any other competition.
  3. A completed entry form and Artist’s Statement or Writer’s Reflection must accompany the document or artwork to indicate agreement to these terms and conditions and to be eligible for entry.
  4. The entries must reflect the 2022 theme From river to sea: Our island home in the context of reconciliation.
  5. Entries must meet the competition requirements and formats, outlined in ‘size and material of works’ below.
  6. No corrections can be made after the entry is received by Reconciliation NSW.
  7. Entries which are not nominated may be returned at the expense of the
 artist or school within two months of competition closing. Requests for return of works must be made in writing within one month of the competition closing. Nominated entries may be held for up to 12 months before being returned to the artist.
  8. Closing date for receipt of entries is 18 September 2022 (or postmarked by 18 September 2022)
  9. Whilst all care will be taken to protect original artworks, Reconciliation NSW takes no responsibility for loss or damage.


Size and material of artworks

  1. Artworks must be 2D. Students may use any material for their artwork, such as collage, paint, pencil or still digital media such as photography or Photoshop.
  2. Entries may be a maximum of A1 size (or 60 x 84cm).
  3. Artworks must be submitted on a surface such as paper or board.
  4. Clearly write name, class, school and title of work on the reverse of all artworks. Paper clip or Blue-Tack entry form to artwork. Do not glue entry form to the artwork.
  5. Artworks must not be framed or mounted behind glass.


Digital art entries

  1. The file name of digital entries must be the title of the artwork.
  2. Email either a digital photograph or scanned version of the artwork. Preferred file types are .jpg, .gif, or .bmp.
  3. The original artwork of entries must be available and submitted to the Reconciliation NSW office within seven days of notice (Reconciliation NSW will provide assistance with these arrangements).
  4. Sometimes digital entries may not be the most effective representation of the artwork, if you believe this is the case please ensure that both the digital and original artwork are submitted for judging.


Writing entries

  1. Written entries must be creative, original pieces that reflect the theme From  river to sea: Our island home, and reconciliation more broadly.
  2. Entries for the writing competition cannot exceed 500 words.
  3. Both typed and hand-written entries will be accepted.
  4. Entries for the writing competition may be submitted by post or email. For hard copy submission, please ensure that the student’s name, class and school is clearly written on the document, and that multiple pages are stapled together.
  5. For entries submitted via email, please ensure that the entries are included as a separate attachment with the file name reflecting the title of the work. PDF and Word documents will be accepted.



By signing a completed entry form, and accepting the award offer, the nominated authors/artists:

  1. Agree to grant royalty-free, worldwide, nonexclusive, licence to reproduce and publish work in all media of expression now known or later developed and in all languages in the nominated artwork and writing pieces to Reconciliation NSW without reservation including, but not limited to, all intellectual property rights to reproduce and publish the nominated entry on Reconciliation NSW website and to change and/or reproduce any part of the nominated artwork or written piece in relation to other promotional activities;
  2. Agree that Reconciliation NSW may publish on the Reconciliation NSW website and in relation to other promotional activities, any personal information provided by the nominated artist/writer in connection with their entry including, but not limited to, the nominated artist/writer’s name, age, community and state/territory of residence; and warrants that there is no cultural or religious reason or any other impediment that prevents the nominated artwork or written piece from being exhibited, published or reproduced.



All entries will be viewed and judged by a subcommittee of Reconciliation NSW. The decision of the judges will be final and absolute. No correspondence concerning decisions will be entered into.


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Many of these resources and activities have been developed in consultation with NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) to ensure that the program meets NSW curriculum outcomes for Stages 3, 4 & 5.