‘Our Voices, Our Future’: The Schools Reconciliation Challenge comes to Cooma Cottage

The Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual art and writing competition for primary and high school students across NSW. The theme Our Voices, Our Future is about celebrating the voices of young people and empowering students to recognise that their voices matter.

In its ninth year, the Schools Reconciliation Challenge is an annual program run by Reconciliation NSW to inspire young artists, writers and creators. The National Trust (NSW) is proud to partner with Reconciliation NSW to host a travelling exhibition comprised of works from primary and high school students across NSW and the ACT. Cooma Cottage in Yass (home of the first Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume), is the final National Trust property to host the wonderful touring exhibition and has organised a special opening ceremony on Friday 18 October, featuring the following program for schools and teachers in Canberra and southern New South Wales regions:


  • Welcome to Country performed by Aunty Lillian Bell, Ngunnawal
  • Smoking ceremony performed by Braithan Bell-Garner, Ngunnawal
  • Guest speakers from Reconciliation NSW
  • Performance by Ngunnawal Traditional Dancers



The event is also an opportunity for schools and teachers in the region to find out about the following opportunities:

  • How to be involved in future exhibitions with Yass students artworks as part of the exhibition.
  • Indigenous Artist Talks at the Schools Reconciliation Challenge exhibition at Cooma Cottage for schools groups.
  • Discover how to use the free lesson plans and activities to develop inclusive classrooms and build knowledge about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people’s histories, cultures and contributions. There is still time to develop entries for this year’s challenge. The Reconciliation NSW theme for 2019 is ‘Speaking and Listening from the Heart’.




756 Yass Valley Way,
Yass 2582 New South Wales


Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am - 4pm

(We will open at any other times by prior arrangement for groups of 8 or more, weddings or event bookings, or school groups.)


22 December 2019 – 11 January 2020.
Good Friday, Anzac Day, Queens Birthday and Labor Day.

02 9258 0126 or 0432 335 840
[email protected]
Entry Fees:

Adults: $10
Seniors & Concessions: $8
Families: $25
National Trust Members: Free

What we offer: