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Calendar for cultural diversity

The calendar for cultural diversity promotes intercultural understanding, cultural and linguistic diversity, community harmony and social inclusion across NSW public schools and their communities.

The calendar for cultural diversity (PDF 228 KB) provides annual dates and information for commemorations, celebrations, national days, international days, religious observances and other key events of relevance to NSW public school staff, students and their families.

Through acknowledgment and celebration of these days and events, NSW public schools can lead the way to social harmony by engendering positive interactions between students, staff and community members from the range of cultural, linguistic and religious traditions of Australians.

Each year, the calendar promotes a different theme relating to cultural diversity in the Australian context.



The following resources provide teaching and learning activities to promote intercultural understanding:


A different language is featured on each month of the calendar, to reflect the linguistic diversity of NSW public school students who speak more than 230 different languages. Each year twelve languages are chosen to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of NSW.

The language featured in July is Bundjalung, which belongs to the Pama-Nyungan family of Australian languages. Bundjalung is the language belonging to the people of the Bundjalung nation in north eastern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland. This area extends from Grafton on the Clarence River in the south, to the Logan River in the north and inland as far as the Great Dividing Range at Tenterfield and Warwick. It includes the regional centres of Lismore, Casino, Kyogle, Woodenbong, Byron Bay, Ballina, Coolangatta-Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, the Gold Coast, Beaudesert and Warwick. At the time of first contact with Europeans in the mid - 1800s, there were up to 20 dialects of Bundjalung being spoken.

Our language comes from our country. Language gives us our identity and makes us strong.

How schools can be involved

  • Brainstorm the class for possible interpretations of the theme for the calendar for cultural diversity 2020, ‘our place', and consider how these could be presented visually.
  • Contribute student artwork for possible inclusion in the calendar for cultural diversity 2020.
  • Consider how your school student body might celebrate or acknowledge events and festivals.
  • Explore the languages featured in each month including related literature.


Each year, NSW public schools are invited to submit student artwork for possible inclusion in the calendar for cultural diversity around a given theme. The artwork selected for inclusion in each calendar represents the creative talents of public school students from across the state. A selection of student artwork submitted for the 2019 calendar can be viewed at the online gallery.

The theme of the 2020 calendar for cultural diversity is ‘our place’. Contributions are now closed.

Each year, the calendar for cultural diversity includes an inset on the relevant lunar year, and its Australian zodiac equivalent, on the inside cover. 2020 is the Lunar Year of the Rat / Kangaroo. Schools are invited to submit artwork on this theme.

Artwork specifications

Artwork should:

  • reflect the theme
  • link to curriculum area
  • be A3 or A2 size for reproduction purposes
  • be the work of a single student or a group of students.

Possible media includes:

  • drawing – inks, felt pens, charcoal, pastels, crayons
  • electronic – computer software, digital camera, scanner
  • mixed media – collage, photo montage
  • painting – watercolours, oils, acrylic, gouache, poster paints, sgraffito
  • photography – cameras can be conventional, polaroid, digital, disposable
  • printmaking – etching, monoprinting, linocuts.

Submitting artwork

Schools may submit up to four entries. Photographs should be submitted although the original artwork will need to be available for shortlisted schools. The following information should be attached to each artwork:

  • name of student/s
  • year/s
  • title of artwork
  • name of school
  • name of teacher contact
  • description relating to the work on the relevant annual theme (approximately 25 – 50 words).

Email submissions to culturaldiversitycalendar@det.nsw.edu.au

For more information please contact culturaldiversitycalendar@det.nsw.edu.au

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