Deadline extended for Narragunnawali Awards 2021

The deadline for the Narragunnawali Awards has been extended, giving schools and early learning services extra time to complete an application.

The deadline for the Awards is now Friday 14 May 2021.

Reconciliation Australia CEO Karen Mundine said the Narragunnawali Awards are a chance for all to see the good work happening in schools and early learning services, and to be able to share and celebrate that work.

“We know 2020 was a very challenging year for everybody, with schools and early learning services being no exception,” she said.

“In the face of all of this, schools and early learning services have remained committed to their critical role in shaping Australia’s reconciliation journey and these are the stories we will see in this year’s Narragunnawali Awards.”

The Narragunnawali Awards are Australia’s first and only national reconciliation in education awards for schools and early learning services.

Winners of the awards will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each to go towards reconciliation initiatives.

Amy Shine, Director of Forbes Preschool—winner of a 2019 Narragunnawali Award—shared her insights on preparing an application.

“We’re a preschool, we’re always busy and it’s a big application, but once we started writing we found we had so much to say,” she said.

“Then we shared the application with staff so they could not only add to it but also so they could all see the big picture of what we are doing.”

To be eligible for the Narragunnawali Awards, schools and early learning services must have a Narragunnawali Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).

Find out more about Narragunnawali RAPs.

More info about the Narragunnawali  Awards 2021.

Paul House with gum leaves and smoke
Paul Girrawah House

Paul Girrawah House has multiple First Nation ancestries from the South-East Canberra region, including the Ngambri-Ngurmal (Walgalu), Pajong (Gundungurra), Wallabollooa (Ngunnawal) and Erambie/Brungle (Wiradyuri) family groups.

Paul acknowledges his diverse First Nation history, he particularly identifies as a descendant of Onyong aka Jindoomang from Weereewaa (Lake George) and Henry ‘Black Harry’ Williams from Namadgi who were both multilingual, essentially Walgalu-Ngunnawal-Wiradjuri speaking warriors and Ngunnawal–Wallaballooa man William Lane aka ‘Billy the Bull’ - Murrjinille.

Paul was born at the old Canberra hospital in the centre of his ancestral country and strongly acknowledges his First Nation matriarch ancestors, in particular his mother Dr Aunty Matilda House-Williams and grandmother, Ms Pearl Simpson-Wedge.

Paul completed a Bachelor of Community Management from Macquarie University, and Graduate Certificate in Wiradjuri Language, Culture and Heritage and Management from CSU.

Paul provided the Welcome to Country for the 47th Opening of Federal Parliament in 2022. Paul is Board Director, Ngambri Local Aboriginal Land Council, Member Indigenous Reference Group, National Museum of Australia and Australian Government Voice Referendum Engagement Group.  

Paul works on country with the ANU, First Nations Portfolio as a Senior Community Engagement Officer

Acknowledgement of Country

Reconciliation Australia acknowledges Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing  connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders past and present. 

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this website contains images or names of people who have passed away.

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