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Stars School Challenge

School making stars

In support of Embracing 2018 and the One Million Stars to End Violence project, schools were invited to pledge to weave 100, 200 or 500 stars. They made their pledge on the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, Australia’s key anti-bullying event for schools, which encourages all students to ‘take a stand together’ against bullying and violence in schools, the classroom and beyond.

The Queensland Government partnered with Brisbane artist Maryann Talia Pau on the One Million Stars to End Violence project. The project aims to collect one million hand-woven stars which will be featured in a public art installation as part of Festival 2018 during the Games. The One Million Stars project encourages individuals, groups and communities to engage in the conversation about ending all forms of violence.

The Stars School Challenge was a great success, including over 340 registered schools Australia-wide, resulting in over 136,000 stars pledged.

Minister for the Commonwealth Games Kate Jones, along with Maryann Talia Pau, attended Hilder Road State School during the Stars School Challenge.

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The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will transform the Gold Coast and Queensland by creating benefits for our communities before, during and after the 11 days of competition. These are the benefits that this initiative will bring to Queenslanders both within the Gold Coast and across our state:

  • GC2018 is a catalyst for an increased sense of inclusivity, diversity and community pride in Gold Coast and Queensland communities.
  • GC2018 is a platform to unite Commonwealth countries on peace, prosperity and sustainability related issues of critical importance to the host nation’s region