Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation
The annual Primary School Art Competition, High School Short Film Competition and Pauline McLeod Awards for Reconciliation provide our community an opportunity to express what Reconciliation means to them and to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements big and small of local people and organisations.
The competitions and awards are coordinated by the Eastern Region Local Government Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ERLGATSI) Forum. Woollahra Council is a member of the Forum along with Bayside, City of Sydney, Inner West, Randwick City and Waverley Councils.
2019 Awards Night
The Awards Ceremony for 2019 was held on Wednesday 29 May and was hosted by Woollahra Council. The theme for both the Art and Film Competitions was ‘Truth in Australian history’.
The evening allowed a large number of guests to celebrate Reconciliation Week and featured a traditional dance performance by the Warada Dancers, a musical performance by Mi-kaisha Masella and Bush Tucker catering by Goanna Hut. The evening was MC’d by Aboriginal Elder and Waverley Councillor Dominic Wy Kanak who introduced Dr. Peter McKenzie to provide the Welcome to Country and who thanked Roderick McLeod for presenting the Awards.
The evening was a huge success and a fitting occasion to commemorate our journey of Reconciliation.
The winning artworks from the Art Competition become part of a travelling art exhibition which is showcased for two weeks in each Council’s area. This travelling exhibition begins in May and finishes in August each year.
The exhibition will be on display from Thursday 30 May until Wednesday 12 June at Woollahra Library at Double Bay. Drop by and view the art works that capture the story, culture and history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Year K-2 Category: First Place awarded to Honor Maple-Brown from Ascham School.
‘Our Precious Land’ by Honor Maple-Brown
Year K-2 Category: Second Place awarded to Elke Millar from Ascham School.
‘First Australians – Traditional Owners’ by Elke Millar
Year 3 – 4 Category: First Place awarded to Ruby Levitt from Reddam House School.
‘Before and After’ by Ruby Levitt.
Year 3 – 4 Category: Third Place awarded to William Davidge from The Scots College.
‘Sorry’ by William Davidge
Group Category: Second Place awarded to David Zhang, Jake Okkerse, Alexander Jarman, Colby Kuo, Lachlan Huang, Joshua Clark, Arran Kennelly, Mitchell Bethke, Henry Haines, Kary Manolas, Thomas Groves, James Bustos-McNeil, Miles Taylor, John Malouf, William Bailey, Xavier Edyvean, Daiki Takewaka, William Zhu, Zac Shahidi, Dax Christie, Jasper Towzell, Oscar Nikolaidis, Connor Walker and Antonio Kazagrandi from The Scots College.
‘Was I invisible? Am I invisible? I will be visible’ After School Art Years 2-4, The Scots College