Showcasing national community initiatives throughout the year, this calendar is designed to assist in the delivery of the program, to support our values and encourage you to consider incorporating them into your delivery of the Aussie of the Month Program in your school.
Random Acts of Kindness Day
Each year on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day It is celebrated by individuals, groups and organisations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness. How about setting up a challenge in your classroom for the week and see just how kind everyone can be.
Harmony Week is a great opportunity to recognise that inclusiveness is an Australian value. If possible, the AOTM could be presented in a Harmony Week assembly, with a student from a diverse background given the opportunity to tell their story, or for a student to be recognised for their effort in including all.
Youth Week is an opportunity for young people to express their ideas and views, act on issues that affect their lives, and create and enjoy activities/events. The AOTM award could be given to a student who displays leadership and involvement in their community.
National Reconciliation Week
Here in Australia we’re fortunate enough to have one of the richest and oldest continuing cultures in the world. Each year National Reconciliation Week (NRW) celebrates and builds on the respectful relationships shared by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and other Australians.
World Environment Day
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It's a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society. The AOTM could be linked to a NAIDOC Week assembly through considering a student who has embraced learning about the Indigenous culture.
National Book Week
Each year, schools and public libraries across Australia spend a week celebrating books, and Australian authors and illustrators. Teachers and librarians conduct activities relating to a theme to highlight the importance of reading. Book week can be linked to the AOTM awards, perhaps through giving consideration to a student who has been making a strong effort to read.
Australian Citizenship Day
17th September each year is Australian Citizenship Day and a special day to reflect on and celebrate being an Australian citizen. Australian citizenship is more than just a legal status. It is our common bond that represents our shared democratic beliefs and gives us a sense of belonging and pride in our achievements as a nation. This day contributes to educating students and bring greater cultural awareness, a sense of social unity and belonging for all Australians.
National Water Week
National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is hugely important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our utmost to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies.
International Day of Tolerance
On the day of its fiftieth anniversary, 16 November 1995, THE United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) adopted a Declaration of Principles on Tolerance. Among other things, the Declaration affirms that tolerance is neither indulgence nor indifference. It is respect and appreciation of the rich variety of our world's cultures, our forms of expression and ways of being human.