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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. Themed curriculum support resources on the ANZAC Centenary are available on this site. For more information about the Anzac Centenary visit www.anzaccentenary.gov.au

1 January 2014 –
31 December 2018

International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017: The United Nations has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. This year aims to encourage both private and public tourism stakeholders to work together to make tourism a catalyst for positive change. For more information visit www2.unwto.org/tourism4development2017

1 January 2017 –
31 December 2017

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. There are Christmas-themed resources in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site.

25 December 2017

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 2018

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.esafety.gov.au/sid2017

6 February 2018

Winter Olympic Games: The next Winter Olympic Games will be held over 17 days in PyeongChang, South Korea. For more information visit www.olympic.org/pyeongchang-2018

9 February 2018 –
25 February 2018

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

25 February 2018 –
3 March 2018

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.cleanupaustraliaday.org.au

2 March 2018

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

16 March 2018

Harmony Day: Harmony Day activities and celebrations assist students to understand how people from different backgrounds live together, in harmony. Harmony Day resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site and on the Harmony Day website ww.harmony.gov.au/get-involved/schools

21 March 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

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

24 March 2018

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. Music resources focused on the the violin/fiddle are available in the themed curriculum support resources on this site. For more information visit folkfestival.org.au

29 March 2018 –
3 April 2018

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-themed resources are available in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site.

30 March 2018 –
2 April 2018

Commonwealth Games: The XXI Commonwealth Games will take place on the 4-15 April on Queensland’s Gold Coast. For more information visit www.gc2018.com, or for education resources visit education.qld.gov.au/community/events/commonwealth-games.html

4 April 2018 –
15 April 2018

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

25 April 2018

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/

18 May 2018

National Simultaneous Storytime: Organised by the Australian Library and Information Association, this annual event encourages the simultaneous reading of an Australian picture book in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres and homes. For more information visit www.alia.org.au/nss

23 May 2018

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 2018 –
3 June 2018

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 2018

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 2018

FIFA World Cup Russia 2018: Contested every four years, the World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events in the world. In 2018, 32 teams will compete in Russia to determine which nation is the world’s best in Football (soccer). For more information visit www.fifa.com/worldcup

14 June 2018 –
15 July 2018

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

1 July 2018 –
8 July 2018

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. The theme for 2018 is ‘Find your treasure’. For more information visit cbca.org.au/cbca-childrens-book-week

17 August 2018 –
24 August 2018

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. For more information visit austorganic.com

1 September 2018 –
30 September 2018

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.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Curr/Even/Australian-citizenship-day/Schools

17 September 2018

National Children’s Week: An annual event, celebrated around the fourth Wednesday in October (to coincide with International Children’s Day). This week is a time for children to demonstrate their skills, talents and abilities and celebrate their right to enjoy childhood. In 1996 a permanent theme was adopted: ‘A Caring World Shares’. For more information visit www.childrensweek.org.au

20 October 2018 –
28 October 2018

World Teacher’s Day: This day was started in 1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO). International teacher’s day is celebrated in the first Friday of October, but this is usually during Australian school holidays, so here it is celebrated on the last Friday in October. For more information visit en.unesco.org/themes/teachers/world-teachers-day

26 October 2018

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

26 October 2018

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. There are Remembrance Day resources in the themed curriculum support resources section of this site. For more resources visit anzacportal.dva.gov.au

11 November 2018

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 2018