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Students invited to reflect on what matters

TASMANIAN students are being urged to take a moment to reflect on what matters most in their lives as the “What Matters” campaign kicks off for another year.

Run by the Whitlam Institute, which operates within the Western Sydney University, the national writing competition gives year five to 12 students from Tasmania, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory the chance to speak out about what matters to them in today’s society.

Students are invited to submit a 400 to 600-word opinion piece addressing what actions they think should be taken to build a better society, what they would change if they could and what they want other people to care about.

Each category winner and runner-up will receive a cash reward, with winners also invited to participate in The Writing Workshop’s ‘Young Writers Forum’.

The overall winner of the competition will receive an iPad and, for the first time this year, will be invited to spend a day at the Museum of Australian Democracy, located at Old Parliament House in Canberra.

All winning entries will be published in print and online.

Entries close Wednesday 10 May 2017.

For more information, visit www.education.tas.gov.au/Students/schools-colleges/Pages/Awards—Scholarships.aspx

Caption: 2016 What Matters competition year 9/10 winner Jem Nalder, from Taroona High School, with Minister for Education, Jeremy Rockcliffe.

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