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Special Australian and International events, festivals, education specific days/weeks and education programs that may be of interest to educators.

Event Date/s

ANZAC Centenary 2014-2018: The Anzac Centenary 2014-2018 commemorates one hundred years since Australia’s involvement in the First World War. ANZAC Centenary resources are available on this site. For more information about the Anzac Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

1 January 2014 –
31 December 2018

EarthEco Water Challenge: This international event runs annually from March 22 through to the end of December and aims to build public awareness around protecting water. Students (and citizens in general) conduct basic monitoring of local water bodies to understand water quality and the importance of protecting water sources. For more information and education resources visit www.worldwatermonitoringday.org

22 March 2018 –
31 December 2018

Christmas Day: Christmas Day is celebrated all around the world in many different ways. Although traditionally a Christian holiday, people from all cultures now celebrate Christmas. Christmas Around the World (primary) and Christmas Time (lower primary) resources are available on this site.

25 December 2018

International Year of Indigenous Languages: Language plays a crucial role in the daily lives of people for communication, education and social integration as well as being a way to preserve identity, traditions and culture. Indigenous languages from around the world are disappearing at an alarming rate. The International Year of Indigenous Languages seeks to raise awareness of this plight. For more information visit en.iyil2019.org

1 January 2019 –
31 December 2019

Australia Day: On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. Various Australia-themed resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site. For more Australia Day resources visit www.australiaday.org.au/education-and-games/

26 January 2019

Safer Internet Day: Safer Internet Day is a global day that calls for stakeholders to work together to make the internet a safer place for children. For more information and classroom resources visit www.saferinternetday.org

5 February 2019

Clean Up Australia Day: This is Australia’s largest community-based environmental event. Schools can register to be part of ‘Schools Clean Up Day’ each year and will receive resources to support their event. For more information visit www.cleanup.org.au/clean-up-every-day

1 March 2019

Hearing Awareness Week: Hearing Awareness Week aims to raise community awareness of hearing impairment and how to protect your hearing. For more information visit www.hearingawarenessweek.org.au

3 March 2019 –
9 March 2019

World Book Day: This day celebrates authors, illustrators, books and reading and is observed in countries all over the world. For more information and classroom resources visit www.worldbookday.com

7 March 2019

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence: The National Day of Action is Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools. To register an event or access resources (such as lesson plans and class activities) visit bullyingnoway.gov.au/nationalday

15 March 2019

Harmony Day: Harmony Day activities and celebrations assist students to understand how people from different backgrounds live together, in harmony. Harmony Day (primary/middle years) and Harmony Day (lower primary) resources are available on this site.

21 March 2019

World Water Day: World Water Day seeks to focus attention on one of our most precious resources: water. Each year a new theme is designated and people around the world are invited to learn about water consumption and preservation. For more information visit worldwaterday.org

22 March 2019

Earth Hour: Earth Hour is an hour-long event held around the world that encourages individuals and businesses to set aside an hour in which they switch of their lights and other items that use electricity. This is to raise awareness about action for climate change. For more information visit www.earthhour.org

30 March 2019

National Folk Festival: A five-day festival held every Easter in Canberra. It draws together people from Australia and the world to share in songs, dances, tunes, and verses that have flowed through the ages. For more information visit www.folkfestival.org.au

18 April 2019 –
22 April 2019

Easter: Easter is a time for celebrating new life and the arrival of spring. Based around the Christian story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, Easter is celebrated differently all around the world. Easter Around the World (primary/middle years) and Easter Around the World (lower primary) resources are available on this site.

19 April 2019 –
22 April 2019

ANZAC Day: ANZAC Day is a national day which commemorates the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. ANZAC Day resources are available on this site. For more information about ANZAC Day visit the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Anzac Portal at anzacportal.dva.gov.au

25 April 2019

Walk Safely to School Day: This event encourages all primary school children to walk and commute safely to school. For more information and printable materials (stickers, posters, certificates and more) visit www.walk.com.au/wstsd/

17 May 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime: An annual event sponsored by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, libraries, book shops and homes. For more information visit www.alia.org.au/nss

22 May 2019

National Reconciliation Week: This event runs between these dates every year as they mark two important milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: the 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision. Each year a theme is chosen and new teaching and learning ideas (as well as promotional materials) are available on the website. For more information visit www.reconciliation.org.au

27 May 2019 –
3 June 2019

World Environment Day: This day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. It began in 1974 and is now celebrated in over 100 countries. For more information and education toolkits visit worldenvironmentday.global

5 June 2019

World Oceans Day: This is a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration to honour, protect and conserve the world’s oceans. For more information visit worldoceansday.org

8 June 2019

NAIDOC Week: Held each July, NAIDOC Week is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and recognise the contributions Indigenous Australians make to our country. For more information visit www.naidoc.org.au

7 July 2019 –
14 July 2019

National Science Week: An annual celebration of science and technology, this week features events around Australia for children, adults and schools. For more information visit www.scienceweek.net.au

Please note: final dates to be confirmed.

1 August 2019 –
31 August 2019

Book Week: Each year, in mid-to-late August the Children’s Book Council of Australia celebrates Children’s Book Week. This is a celebration of Australian Children’s Literature and brings together schools, libraries, booksellers authors, illustrators, parents, teachers and children. During this time the Book of the Year is also announced. For more information visit cbca.org.au/cbca-book-week

17 August 2019 –
23 August 2019

Australian Organic Awareness Month (AOAM): Held every September, AOAM celebrates certified organic products across a diverse range of industries including fresh produce, packaged food and beverages, skincare, cosmetics, textiles, pet food and more. Organic Farming, Food and Products resources are available on this site. For more information about AOAM visit austorganic.com

1 September 2019 –
30 September 2019

Australian Citizenship Day: Australian Citizenship Day provides a wonderful opportunity for all Australians to reflect on the meaning and importance of Australian citizenship. For more information, and education resources visit www.homeaffairs.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Curr/Even/Australian-citizenship-day/Schools

17 September 2019

World Smile Day: Held on the first Friday in October, this global event encourages everyone to do an act of kindness to help one person smile. For more information visit www.worldsmileday.com

4 October 2019

World Space Week: This global event celebrates the international contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition. Each year there is a new theme and events are held all over the globe. For more information visit www.worldspaceweek.org

4 October 2019 –
10 October 2019

World Food Day: Held on 16 October every year, this day aims to raise awareness of global hunger and encourages people to work towards ‘zero hunger’ by 2030. For more information visit www.fao.org/world-food-day

16 October 2019

World Teacher’s Day: This day celebrates the amazing work that teachers do and the right for every child to have access to high quality educators. Internationally, World Teachers Day is held on 5 October each year, but this generally occurs during Australian school holidays. Therefore, in Australia, we celebrate on the last Friday in October. For more information visit en.unesco.org/commemorations/worldteachersday

25 October 2019

Day for Daniel: This is Australia’s largest child safety awareness and education day, organised by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. The Foundation is committed to the development and education of respectful relationships for children and teenagers in schools and the community. The website has an online lesson with support resources for teachers. For more information visit www.danielmorcombe.com.au

25 October 2019

Remembrance Day: Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the armistice which ended the First World War in 1918. It is observed with a minute’s silence at 11am. Remembrance Day resources are available on this site. For more resources visit anzacportal.dva.gov.au

11 November 2019

International Day of People with Disability: This is a United Nations sanctioned day that aims to promote an understanding of people with disability and encourage support for their dignity, rights and well-being. For education resources visit www.idpwd.com.au/celebrate/teachers/

3 December 2019

Olympic Games: Held every four years, the next summer Olympic Games are in Tokyo Japan. Olympic and Paralympic Games resources are available on this site. For more information about the Tokyo Olympic Games visit tokyo2020.org/en

24 July 2020 –
9 August 2020

Winter Olympic Games: The next Winter Olympic Games will be held over 17 days in Beijing, China. General Olympic and Paralympic Games resources are available on this site. For more information visit www.olympic.org/beijing-2022

4 February 2022 –
20 February 2022

Commonwealth Games: The XXII Commonwealth Games are expected to take place between 27 July and 7 August in Birmingham, England. For more information visit www.birmingham2022.com.

27 July 2022 –
7 August 2022