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Aussie Kids Invited to Share their Stories of Mateship and Community

“Sticking Together” – Aussie Kids Invited to Share Their Stories of Mateship and Community in National Primary Schools’ Program.

Primary school children across Australia are invited to share their stories of fair go, mateship, respect and inclusion as part of the popular nationwide Aussie of the Month Schools’ program, younger sibling to the Australian of the Year Awards.

‘Sticking Together’ is a primary school competition encouraging students to share how they stick together in their classrooms, schools and community through words or photographs that reflect our Australian values of ‘Fair go’, ‘Mateship’, ‘Respect’ and ‘Inclusion’.

Aussie of the Month Ambassador, 2023 Australia’s Local Hero recipient of the Australian of the Year Awards and founder of Turbans 4 Australia, Amar Singh, is encouraging schools to get involved.

“Mateship, community and sharing are at the heart of our rich and diverse Australian culture and this fabulous initiative is a great opportunity for children to show how they express these Aussie values by sticking together,” he said.

“We are delighted to be supporting this exciting initiative as part of the popular Aussie of the Month program, which gives recognition to students for their participation and contribution to the community.” said Mark Fraser, chief executive officer National Australia Day Council. “We also extend our appreciation to Pilot Pen Australia for providing these generous prizes.” he added.

By getting involved, twenty lucky schools can win their share of RRP $20,000 worth of Pilot Pen classroom stationery prize packs, including gel pens, whiteboard markers, ballpoints, refills, erasable highlighters and Sellotape safety dispensers.

Jarrad Murray, Head of Marketing at Pilot Pen Australia, said, “We know that many families and schools are doing it tough right now, and we are delighted to support schools by offering up some of our most popular school stationery items. We are also very much looking forward to reading all the entries!”

Aussie of the Month recognises outstanding contributions to the primary school community and broader society and rewards students who display values such as respect, inclusion, mateship and a fair go. The program is delivered in partnership with the Department of Home Affairs and the National Australia Day Council Network.

Aussie of the Month runs during the school year from February to November and is simple for schools to implement with all program materials provided, including Aussie of the Month certificates, lapel pins and Pilot Pen stationery prizes.
To register for the program and enter the competition, visit Entries close on 22 September 2023.