White Ribbon Poetry and Art Competition

The NSW Department of Education, as part of its role in promoting respectful relationships education in all schools, facilitated an Art and Poetry competition resulting in an exhibition, which officially opened on 7th December at Oran Park High School.

The department’s program called Breaking the Silence, is breaking the silence around the topic of domestic violence. One in four children are affected by domestic violence on a regular basis. The exhibition will allow students to express their feelings about this injustice in a positive and creative way. The exhibition will run from 7th December and will tour around NSW. It coincides with the United Nations’ 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence and Australia’s White Ribbon Day on Friday 19 November 2021.

Seven of our talented students had their work, either poetry or art, accepted into the exhibition. Montana Gatt and Zack Strkljevic, both from Year 8 had their poems displayed at the opening exhibition (see poems below).

Our talented student, Arianne De La Vega, had her artwork (below) displayed as well.

Our other poets will have their poetry displayed at the up-and-coming exhibitions, starting with NSW Parliament House in the city. All the poems can be found here:White Ribbon Poems

Well done to all students who entered the competition! It is another step forward to break the silence on domestic violence.

Sue Atkins – English Teacher


Artist: Arianne De La Vega Original Painting Year 9