Award Winning • Australian Curriculum
Open to students in year 7-10 from across Australia, this competition encourages students to interview someone who inspires them and invites them to share their story. The competition aims to connect students to the power of storytelling, develop their communication skills and be reminded of the emotional value of face-to-face conversation.
In partnership with Dumbo Feather, Cool Australia has created an extensive Australian Curriculum aligned toolkit so that teachers will have free access to lesson plans, digital worksheets and a host of other resources to support New Conversations in the classroom.
Students can tell the story in four ways: a 300 word summary of their interview, a cartoon strip, a video or written conversation in the form of a Dumbo Feather interview.
The Garage Sale Trail is a national day of simultaneous garage sales that’s about making sustainability fun and creative! By organising communities around Australia to hold garage sales on the same day, the event aims to enable new neighbourly connections, provide a platform for fundraising, inspire creativity, stimulating local economies, promote the reuse of materials and keep stuff out of landfill.
This year to support schools taking part in the Garage Sale Trail, we have produced classroom-ready teaching resources to engage students in content learning. These resources cover all year levels, from Early Learning to Year 10 and are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.
Additional materials in the digital toolbox bring a greater depth and richness to existing learning activities. These include Cool TV, pictures, fact sheets, articles and news that are designed to entertain and inform at every turn. Brilliant for projects, research and further learning.