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Schools kick off CREATivE CHANGE

The GenerationOne CREATivE CHANGE School Competition is giving teachers and students across the country an opportunity to start the conversation on Indigenous issues and reconciliation in the classroom. 

The third annual GenerationOne school competition is now open and encourages all students, Primary and Secondary, Indigenous and non-Indigenous to get involved, work together and create an entry for the chance to win $15,000.

The 2012 competition has two divisions this year; Primary school and Secondary school division.  Primary schools are asked to recreate the GenerationOne theme song ‘Hands Across Australia’, whilst Secondary schools students are encouraged to reform the Warumpi Band’s 1980’s hit ‘Blackfella/Whitefella’.

 "Just like in the previous years, the 2012 competition will give young people the opportunity to be creative, and share their voice to end the disparity between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians" said Jeremy Donovan, GenerationOne spokesperson.

An independent study on the GenerationOne competition found that schools described it as one of the few 'kid friendly' tools for discussing Indigenous issues and promoting reconciliation in the classroom. 

Students as young as four participated in the competition, singing the song lyrics of unity ‘if we all join hands across Australia’.

“Participating in the competition meant the students were continuously engaging with issues impacting on Indigenous Australia, as involvement in the competition took place over several months and was an ongoing learning process" said one entrant.


In 2011 the CEO commendation was awarded to a partnership formed between Hume Public School and North Sydney Public School. Using their classroom technology the schools were able to connect, learn and perform together, and bridged the 300km geographical divide. 

Young Indigenous hip hop outfit, the ‘Colli Crew’ are also on the list of previous competition winners with their songs ‘Time is Now’ and ‘Close that Gap’.  Their collaboration with Desert Pea Media saw the students from Collerenbri Central School perform on the steps of the Sydney Opera House at the 2010 Aria Awards and at the 2011 NAIDOC Ball.

“If we are going to close the gap in education and employment, we need all young people to feel valued, and have the opportunity to understand and celebrate the diversity of Indigenous Australia” said Jeremy Donovan.

“GenerationOne hopes that schools will use the competition as an opportunity to start the conversations, build partnerships with other schools, and invite local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders to be involved” he said.

“While there is $15,000 prize money available, the greatest benefit of all is the lasting relationships that can be created by schools and communities working together” said Jeremy Donovan.

"Last years competition was a huge success with over 3000 registrations. Schools from all corners of Australia were so creative in their entries. We are all so excited to see how creative the young people of Australia can be in the 2012 School Competition,” said Mr. Donovan.

The GenerationOne CREATivE CHANGE School Competition is a collaboration between GenerationOne and the Australian School of Performing Arts (ASPA).


* Schools should keep an eye out for their promotional pack this week or call the Australian School of Performing Arts on Ph 1800 338 142 if they have any questions. Competition entries open on 18 June and close on October 19 2012.