ACT Children’s Week Patron – The Hon Margaret Reid AO
Children’s Week Ambassador – Jackie French AM, Australian Children’s Laureate 2014/15, 2015 Senior Australian of the Year
ACT Children’s Week President – Narelle Hargreaves OAM JP FACEL – Canberra Citizen of the Year 2016

ACT Children’s Week Patron
The Hon Margaret Reid AO

“A Caring World Shares”, is the overarching theme of Children’s Week, and each year there is a sub theme. This Year focuses upon Article 12 of the UN Rights of the Child Declaration which says that a Child should be able to have opinions and they should be heard. A very significant development from the approach to bringing up Children who it used to be said should be “seen but not heard”.

Recently I have been looking through past Children’s week Programs. What an amazing event each year. A quite small committee work all year to enable this particular festival to take place.  The opportunities for children to participate is remarkable. Also of course the opportunity for parents and the community to gain a greater understanding of school activities.

A highlight each year is the program to recognise so many people and groups who voluntarily contribute so much to enrich the lives of children. Real unsung heroes of our community.

Looking at past programs I was struck by the involvement of Teachers in just about all activities. Somehow we seem to recognise everybody but the wonderful people who have the primary responsibility for the school system. Without them there could not be a Children’s week  nor the outcomes in education to which we aspire for our children.

Thank you Teachers.

The Hon Margaret Reid AO

ACT Children’s Week Patron


ACT Children’s Week Ambassador
Jackie French – AM
Award winning author
2015 Senior Australian of the Year
2014/15 Australian Children’s Laureate

Imagine if a good fairy hovered over your baby’s cradle.  What gifts would we ask her to give your child?

Not the material ones, good though these would be, but the ones that will help them be the fulfilled and compassionate adult they might become?

What gifts would we give all children?

We don’t need a good fairy to give the most important gifts.  We can give kids love, to create resilience. Kids given love tend to give love back.

We can give kids time, the most precious resource of all, as no amount of money can compensate for an hour, or even ten minutes, at the vital moment that it’s needed.

But most of all we can give kids strength and courage by example.  We can stand up and say, ‘This is wrong, and we must make it better.’

We can say, ‘This needs doing, and it will be our hands that begin it, rather than waiting for others.’

Every Children’s Week Award winner does far more than this. They show what can be done when people of goodwill work together.

What they do for children is not just the act itself, but the example, the memory, the inspiration: the gifts that will stay with each child forever.


Jackie French AM
Author, Historian, Ecologist, Honorary Wombat
Ambassador, National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature
Senior Australian of the Year, 2015
Australian Children’s Laureate 2014-15


ACT Children’s Week President
Narelle Hargreaves OAM JP FACEL
Canberra citizen of the Year 2016

A warm welcome to Children’s Week  2018!   The ACT Children’s Week Committee has enjoyed another successful year!  Many thanks to all members of the Committee for their time, commitment and enthusiasm!

The theme for Children’s Week in 2018 is: ‘CHILDREN’S VIEWS AND OPINIONS ARE RESPECTED’:  Article 12 UNCHR.

To all teachers and carers who work with children and young people each day we say ‘THANK YOU’ for supporting and assisting children and young people to reach their potential in our society and the world.

The Children’s Week Awards continue to be a highlight of this special week in the ACT.  The Award citations about community members and organisations are very humbling and inspiring!  Many organisations receive small grants which provide them with the opportunity to involve the community in planned activities that focus on the needs, welfare and wellbeing of children and young people.  The Committee enjoys, and is appreciative of, the photographs of activities and happenings sent by organisations for our Annual Report each year.  The continued support of the National Museum of Australia in hosting the Launch of Children’s Week each October is much appreciated!

In March of 2018, I had the pleasure of once again representing the ACT at the Annual Children’s Week Council of Australia Inc. meeting held in Adelaide.  The sharing of information was a key focus of the Council meeting.  The Annual Council meeting will take place again in Adelaide in 2019.

I would like take the opportunity to thank Kirsten Cross from ACT Playgroups for her management of the administrative functions of the Committee; her commitment and enthusiasm!   ‘A BIG SHOUT OUT’ to the Committee members who lead the Awards Committee; the Grants Committee; the Finances; Publicity; Minutes of meetings …..   your expertise and dedication is much appreciated!

The Committee is most grateful to the ACT Community Services Directorate, Education Directorate, Catholic Education and the Southern Cross Club of Canberra for their continued support in funding which provides the Committee with the resources to look forward to another successful Children’s Week this year.


Narelle  Hargreaves  OAM
ACT Children’s Week President