NAIDOC Week 2023 Competition Winner

Aunty Carol is a Darug and Gundungurra Elder, living in Katoomba. She recently received an Order of Australia medal for her service to the Indigenous and non Indigenous communities of The Blue Mountains.

Aunty Carol is a dearly-loved member of our community, who regularly visits our school, St Canice’s Primary School, Katoomba.

Some of our students, from Kindergarten to Year 6, Anh, Ava, Grace, Jordyn, Sophia and Violet, wrote these words to nominate Aunty Carol for the Koori Curriculum competition. Their voice represents the voices of all of our community. Their words, written below, were shared with our wider community at our NAIDOC Week Assembly on Friday, 30 June 2023.

For Our Elders NAIDOC Week 2023 Competition


This years NAIDOC Week theme is "For Our Elders" and we are inviting you to nominate an Elder that has had an impact on children and educators at your school or early learning service (with their permission).


The top 10 entries with the highest votes will go in the draw for their nominated Elder to win a gift hamper from the Koori Curriculum.


How to enter:

  1. Write a blurb of up to 300 words or more outlining what your Elder has contributed to your children and service.
  2. Include an image of your nominated Elder.


The competition will be open from the 3rd to the 16th of July for entries.


Voting will close on the 23rd of July.


The winner will be announced on the 24th of July via our newsletter, Facebook and on our Instagram.

For Our Elders NAIDOC Week 2023 Competition FAQ's

Q: Can I nominate a non-Indigenous Elder?


A: No. We are looking for Indigenous Elders that have contributed to your service or school in alignment with the NAIDOC Week 2023 theme "For Our Elders".


Q: Can we enter the same Indigenous Elder more than once?


A: We ask that an Elder is nominated per school or centre and not per classroom. If the same Elder has worked at multiple schools or centres and is nominated by each, we will approve both entries.


Q: How long until my entry is in the gallery?


A: We review each entry before approving them to be submitted into the competition, which can take up to 24 business hours before your entry is visible.

Please note: entries are not approved over the weekend and will be reviewed and approved during business hours.


Q: Can I submit a video entry?


A: No. Our competition system only accepts image files. If you have a video we suggest taking screen shots and creating a single collage image for your entry and sharing a link of your video in the description of your entry.


Q: Do I need to get votes for my entry?


A: Yes. In order to keep the competition as fair as possible we ask that you engage with your community to vote for your entry. The top 10 submissions that receive the highest amount of votes are included in the prize selection which is then chosen randomly by the Director of the Koori Curriculum Jessica Staines.


Q: Do I need permission from my Elder to submit them?


A: Yes. In order to be respectful to the Elder you wish to nominate, we ask that you seek their permission before submitting your entry.


Q: If I vote will I be added to your email list?


A: Yes. You can unsubscribe at any time.