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Secondary school reconciliation writing awards

Bayside secondary school students can enter an essay or poem that show what reconciliation means through their eyes. A $500 prize can be won for Years 7 to 10 and Years 11 to 12.

Who can enter?

Students currently attending a secondary school within the Bayside municipality.

How to enter

The student's writing must describe ‘what reconciliation means through their eyes’. The writing can be an essay or poem.

  1. The writing cannot be more than 400 words and must be in 12 point Arial font on A4.
  2. Enter the writing online by 3 May 2019.
  3. We will shortlist 10 pieces. We will notify the shortlisted writer contacts by 15 May 2019.

Enter your writing


A winner from the Years 7 to 10 and Years 11 to 12 categories will win a $500 cash prize.

Finalists and winners

These will be displayed at our corporate centre for National Reconciliation Week 25 May – 3 June.

Shortlisted writers will be invited to attend the Bayside Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday, 25 May 2019 at 9.30am at 76 Royal Avenue, Sandringham where we will announce the winners.

Who will judge entries?

The judging panel will include Boon Wurrung Elder Carolyn Briggs, Mayor Cr Michael Heffernan, Ellen Jose’s husband Dr Joseph Toscano.

Celebrating the life of Ellen Jose

The awards are held in honour of long-time resident and Torres Strait Elder Ellen Jose who sadly passed away in 2017.

Ellen’s contribution to the arts and reconciliation was outstanding and was inspirational in bringing awareness to reconciliation.

The awards help foster awareness of reconciliation in young people, the future of Australia.

For more information

Call Terry Callant on (03) 9599 4327 or Lisa Davidson on (03) 9599 4388 during business hours.