Winners and Finalists of Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards 2023

The Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards are aimed at Bayside primary and secondary school students, bringing awareness of reconciliation to our young people, who are the future of Australia, through art and writing. Entrants are asked to interpret “As a young person, what does reconciliation mean to you?” in their artwork or writing piece.

This year, Dr Joseph Toscano from the Ellen José Memorial Foundation and Bayside City Council Mayor, Cr Hanna El Mouallem, had the challenging responsibility of judging the exceptional finalists and selecting first, second, and third prize winners in the art categories of Prep-Grade 3 and Grade 4-6. Additionally, they awarded a first prize winner for the written category for secondary school students.

Congratulations to the young winners who were awarded their prizes at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday 27 May, marking the start of Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June).

Prep – Grade 3 Winners

Iona J, Hampton Primary School – 1st Place

Childs drawing in stye of aboriginal art

Image credit: Iona J, Hampton Primary School

Cormac E, St Finbars Primary School – 2nd Place

Oscar F, Brighton Beach Primary School – 3rd Place

Grade 4 – 6 Winners

Lola F, St Finbars – 1st Place

Two heads combined in opposite directions of different cultural backgrounds melting into the Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Australian flags

Image credit: Lola F, St Finbars

Lily C, Hampton Primary School – 2nd Place

Ada, Hampton Primary School – 3rd Place

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