Opportunities and events

Our list of competitions, prizes, experiences and other opportunities for students which are open now or coming up soon.

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Image: Australia’s leading frog biologist, Dr Jodi Rowley, leads the national citizen science project centred around the free phone app, FrogID, at the Australian Museum. Photo by Stuart Humphreys.

AM Inside Out - Australian Museum

Online experiences

Deep dive into fascinating stories and learning materials for inquisitive minds, everywhere. AM Inside Out includes a large selection of online exhibitions and videos, homeschool resources, rare objects in 3D, creepy jigsaws, apps and more. This really is one of the most jam-packed sites you'll find.

Penguin Watch - Zooniverse

Online experiences

Use Penguin Watch to count penguins found on time lapse photos from remote regions of the world to help understand their lives and environment.

Creative Classes - The Arts Unit @ home

Online lessons

Dance, drama, music and visual arts. Creative Classes uses The Department of Education Arts Unit's extensive collection of inspiring, and unique video assets, adapted into mini websites. Each offers high quality stimulus content and provides engaging, independent activities that have been linked to syllabus outcomes in creative arts subjects, including some tailored for students with special needs.

Image: You can write 20 words or you can write 300. You can submit anonymously or write your name in The Diary Files. Everyone has a story to tell.

The Diary Files - DX Lab - State Library of NSW


The Diary Files website is an open platform for you to write a diary entry of up to 300 words and become part of an online collection of vignettes from the everyday lives of the people of NSW and beyond. You don't need to be a writer to participate. You can write 20 words or you can write 300. Your words will become part of The Diary Files. The project is supported by ABC Radio Sydney who will be featuring some entries in This Moment in Time.

Art Bites - The Arts Unit @ home

Online co-curricular activities

Art Bites invite students to join a choir rehearsal, dance ensemble, music practice, art club or a debating team meeting online. Each week the Department of Education Arts Unit schedules short video lessons in a range of areas to offer students a chance to engage in co-curricular activities remotely.

Film by… Aussie Kids

Online exhibition | Resources

Film by .is an online digital platform for Australian public school students to showcase their creativity in film and digital media and support the teaching of film-making. Check out the film and photo library. Access the resources. Submit your film.

Video still featuring two stage-lit musicians rehearsing
Image: Antonio Hart - big band workshop. Photo: Steve Mundinger

Sydney Opera House - online learning hub

Online learning

The Sydney Opera House presents inspirational activities to watch, listen and read. The online learning hub includes livestreamed talks and tours, podcasts and videos from past performances, masterclasses and workshops. Get introduced to classical music, take a jazz masterclass with Herbie Hancock, or hear David Walliams talk about writing novels. Take a lesson in set design, illustration, puppet-making ... and more.

Arty Farty - A Podcast for Kids


The Sydney Opera House's brand new podcast Arty Farty – A Podcast for Kids has been created especially for kid creatives. We’re excited to share special moments, insights, tips, tricks and more from kids themselves, and creative types who appear here at the House. Season 2: Creative Conversations is on now.

Deadly Voices from the House


Intimate interviews with First Nations artists and leaders, presented by journalist, actor, producer and arts guru Rhoda Roberts AO, and recorded live from Sydney Opera House. Featuring a diverse selection of guest appearances from prominent First Nations leaders from the music, arts and culture sector. Deadly Voices from the House provides an important platform to discuss critical issues and explore the vibrancy and diversity of contemporary culture.

Image: Utzon's Universe Workshop - Sydney Opera House. Photo: Daniel Boud

Sydney Opera House - For the kids

Online experiences

Experience the Sydney Opera House from inside your very own home with a range of digital content and hands-on activities created especially to entertain, educate and inspire. For the kids has something for kids of all ages to discover with behind-the-scenes videos, how-to tutorials, author talks and craft workshops, so you can engage with the arts while at home..

Together in Art Kids - The Art Gallery of NSW

Get creative | Online exhibition

Do you love to make art? Then this is the place for you! Even when we are apart we can all be together in art. Here you can get creative with artist-led projects, art-making videos and other fun activities. Together In Art Kids also includes an exhibition of art works created by primary school aged children inspired by their 'inner worlds', curated by Archibald Prize winner Del Kathryn Barton.

October 2020

World Teachers Day drawing competition

Enter Kimberlin Education's World Teachers Day drawing competition for the chance to win an art pack and a voucher for your teacher.

Entries close 7pm, 27 October.

Aussie backyard bird count

Online experience

The #AussieBirdCount connects you with the birds in your backyard, local park or suburb. Count how many birds you see within a 20 minute period and help BirdLife Australia develop an understanding of local birds.

Runs 19-25 October.

November 2020

The Simpson Prize


The Simpson Prize is an opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to participate in a nationwide essay competition, giving you the chance to win a two-day trip to Canberra, and an unforgettable 2 week trip to overseas battlefields (incorporating Anzac Day commemorations). The winners from each state and territory will travel together to key battlefields overseas in April 2021.

Closes Friday 6 November 2020

December 2020

The Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize


Nominations are open for the 2020 Brother John Taylor Memorial Prize, which is presented each year to a student or students who have overcome significant hardship to attain academic excellence in their HSC. The award was established in memory of Brother John Taylor who made a significant contribution to education in NSW. The prize comprises a cash grant, a trophy and a certificate recognising the award.

Closes Friday 18 December 2020

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