Children's Week 2018

On Wednesday October 24, ACYP together with the NSW Children’s Week Committee celebrated Children’s Week at the ACYP Office. The evening involved speeches by the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People, Andrew Johnson and Chair of the NSW Children’s Week Committee and FAMS CEO, Julie Hourigan Ruse. Audience members were treated to performances by young people themselves including the Redfern Dance Company, Senior Aboriginal Performance Group and Alex Nicolson from Newtown High school of the Performing Arts.

2018 NSW Children’s Week Awards

At the event, the winners of the NSW Children’s Week Awards received their awards. For Children’s Week 2018, nine award categories were designed to recognise the achievements and contributions of children and young people as well as the adults who make positive impacts on the lives of children and young people.

Both the 2017 NSW Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and the 2018 YAC put forward the categories for the awards. There were seven award categories specific to children and young people and two award categories specific to adults.

Children, young people and adults could nominate an inspiring individual, group, service or project that fell within the nine categories.

The award winners are:

  • Community Art Award: For those who inspire through art including painting, drawing, digital art, photography, performance, dance and music. Eli Rickard, 14.
  • Bravery Award: For those who demonstrate a single act or ongoing acts of courage, strength or determination. Max Colgin, 7.
  • Act of Kindness Award: For those who have or continue to offer acts of kindness by helping and supporting those around them. Astrid Graham, 13.
  • Giving Back to the Community Award: For those who give up their time for their community through volunteering, programs and every day behaviours. Newcastle Graffiti Art Program.
  • Environmental Award: For those who help support the environment through a range of acts, decisions and initiatives. Jade Mudge, 16.
  • Newly Arrived Migrant or Refugee Award: For those who have made a positive contribution to their local community, region or state. Gabriel Smano, Sarkees Babaziyan, Haitham Abdulrazzaq, ages 13-18.
  • Voice Award: For those who use their voice to bring change, inform others, and raise awareness. Hamani Tanginoa, 16 and Bassam Maaliki, 15.
  • Inspiring Mentor Award: A person or group who supports, encourages and guides children and young people. Sandy Al-Aweik
  • Foster Parent/Guardian Award: A person who is committed to helping the lives of children and young people in out of home care. Rhonda Ashby

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Light projection show

After the awards were presented to the winners, attendees were invited to gather outside the ACYP office at sunset to see a light projection display on the front facing glass of the building.

The voices of children and young people were gathered from ACYP’s face-to-face consultations across the state and an overview of these voices were presented through a ten-minute visual representation. The light display also highlighted a series of pictures, drawings, artwork and photographs collected from ACYP’s previous competitions for children and young people.

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