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 4.21MB) 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 diversity of the more than 200 languages spoken in public schools across the state. Each year twelve different languages are chosen to reflect the cultural and linguistic diversity of New South Wales. The languages used in the 2018 calendar are Albanian, Assyrian, Georgian, Hindi, Italian, Māori, Samoan, Somali, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese and Wiradjuri.

The language featured in July is Wiradjuri. The Wiradjuri are one of the largest Aboriginal groups in Australia, both in population and area of country. Wiradjuri land covers a vast area across the central west slopes and plains of NSW, from Nyngan to Albury, and Bathurst to Hay. Wiradjuri peoples live along the Murrumbidgee, the Gulari (Lachlan River) and the Womboy (Macquarie River).

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 2019, ‘every child’, and consider how these could be presented visually.
  • Contribute student artwork for possible inclusion in the calendar for cultural diversity 2019.
  • 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.

The theme of the 2019 calendar for cultural diversity is ‘every child'. Contributions close on Friday 10 August, 2018.

Each year, the calendar for cultural diversity includes an inset on the relevant lunar year, and its Australian zodiac equivalent, on the inside cover. 2019 is the Lunar Year of the Pig/ Echidna. 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 may 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).

Post submissions to:
Calendar for Cultural Diversity Project
Learning and Teaching Directorate
NSW Department of Education
Level 3, 1 Oxford Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010

Or email submissions to

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