Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards – winners and finalists 2024

The Ellen José Student Reconciliation Awards are aimed at Bayside primary and secondary school students, bringing awareness of reconciliation to our young people, who are the future of Australia, through art and writing. Entrants are asked to interpret “As a young person, what does reconciliation mean to you?” in their artwork or writing piece.

This year, Dr Joseph Toscano from the Ellen José Memorial Foundation, Ellen José’s children Libera Toscano Sasmana and Joshua Toscano, and Bayside City Council Mayor, Fiona Stitfold, had the challenging responsibility of judging the exceptional finalists and selecting winners in the art categories of Prep-Grade 3 and Grade 4-6 and the visual art and written category for secondary school students.

Congratulations to the young winners who were awarded their prizes at the Flag Raising Ceremony on Saturday 25 May, marking the start of Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June).

Prep to Grade 3 Winners

Ava K, Bayside Children’s Program – 1st place

Childs drawing of two hands about hold over a bridge with clouds.

Image credit: Ava K, Bayside Children’s Program

Charlotte I-C, Sandringham East Primary School, 2nd Place

Pola F, Brighton Beach Primary School, 3rd Place

Charlie D, Sandringham East Primary School, 3rd Place

Grade 4 – 6 Winners

Lily C, Hampton Primary School, 1st Place

A child's drawing of a peace sign with an Australian flag, aboriginal flag and Torres Straight Island flag. Animals including a koala, turtle and kangaroo also feature in this artwork.

Image credit: Lily C, Hampton Primary School

Saige H, Back Rock Primary School, 2nd Place

Lola F, Black Rock Primary School, 3rd Place

Jasper T, Hampton Primary School, 3rd Place

Mina LY, Hampton Primary School, 3rd Place

Years 7 – 10 Winners

Ailish K, Star of the Sea College, 1st Place

Star of the Sea, Ailish K

Image credit: Ailish K, Star of the Sea College

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