My Place Competition Teaching Resource -

About this Resource

The My Place television series, based on the classic picture book by Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins, is a ‘time machine’ which takes audiences back into the past. It depicts the history of one Australian community through the eyes of the diverse children who lived there, highlighting the ways that First Nations people and immigrants have shaped our national story.  

Drawing on this theme of diversity, the 2021 My Place Competition prompts students to reflect on and celebrate the diversity in their own communities. In 2021, we are asking Australian children: tell us about your place.

Jointly presented by ABC Education and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), the 2021 My Place Competition is open to primary students in Years 3 – 6 and special education students of all ages.


Key Dates

Entries can be uploaded to the competition page between 16 August – 17 September 2020.

Winners will be announced in early Term 4.



Year 3 and 4 – Up to 500 words

Year 5 and 6 – Up to 750 words

Special Education – No word limit. Teachers at Special Schools are invited to provide additional context about their students when submitting entries.


What to write about

The 2021 My Place Competition asks students to reflect on life in their own communities. Participants are invited to submit a short story that captures the diverse history of their own local area.

With the competition theme linking to the Year 3 – 6 Humanities and Social Sciences curriculum, students might choose to incorporate one or more of the following understandings in their work:

  • The contributions that individuals or groups from diverse backgrounds have made to the development and character of the local community, including First Nations People or migrant groups
  • Change and continuity in the community over time
  • The culturally diverse celebrations and commemorations observed in the community
  • What life was like for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the area before European settlement
  • Stories of migration from within the community
  • Other relevant concepts explored through HASS inquiries.


What to avoid writing about

Students should not include any personal information about themselves or others that would allow someone else to identify them.


Judging and prizes

Further details on judging and prizes will be announced in the coming weeks.


Support materials

We are very pleased to confirm that My Place author Nadia Wheatley will be joining us for a student webinar ahead of the submission dates. Further details will be announced shortly.


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