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Me, My Culture and NSW


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Me, My Culture and NSW

Woke has had the privilege of being funded by Multicultural NSW to create the  ‘Me, My Culture and NSW’ competition. Our aim was to give an opportunity for young people to celebrate diversity, share their culture and join us in combating cultural stereotypes and racism. We can definitely say that we have achieved this!

Our competition was a huge success! We had hundreds of participants, whose entries were extremely insightful and of the upmost quality. We received so many outstanding entries and as the calibre of submissions was so high, we have created two new categories: Highly Commended and Honourable Mention. 


We also want to take this opportunity to invite any young person who’s passionate about social justice to write for Woke. Have a look at our writing guidelines and don’t hesitate to contact us via our email, we’d love to hear from you! 

Now, we’re excited to announce the winners of the competition below! 




1st Place

The Coexistence of Two Selves

By Munira Ahmed

Baulkham Hills HS

2nd Place

The Asian Voice

By Yuden Sae-Ueng

Nothmead Creative & Performing Arts HS

3rd Place

Falling Apart at the Seams

By Sidra Afroz

Penrith HS

Highly Commended

Writing Beyond: the Terrorist & the Bollywood Dancer

By Aalia Syed

North Sydney Girls HS

Highly Commended

Ext. In a  Botanical Garden

By Tianna


Highly Commended

9am In My Grandmother's Dining Room

By Josephine Sarayar

Girraween HS

Honourable Mention

Old Home, New Home

By Maria Kakali

Willoughby Girls HS

Honourable Mention

We Can’t Breathe

By Ethan Lin

Fort Street HS

Honourable Mention

Woolworths & The Asian Store

By Jason

Girraween HS

Writing - Shortlisted entries recognised by the editors

The Editors of Woke have further recognised the following work for their amazing merit as well!

You Stole my Pride

By Helena Chen

North Sydney Girls HS

I Am So Sorry

By Sarah Algarawi


How is Australia?

By Rachel Jung

Ryde Secondary College

Red to Black

By Aishani Sivashankar

Penrith HS

The  hate  you  give

By Dominion Ojo

Arthur Phillp HS


By Oliver Burke

Wyndham College



1st Place


By Khadijah 

Khanh Linh Nguyen

Maryam Rizwan

Marzia Mahzabin 

Beverly Hills Girls HS

2nd Place

A Pretty Hidden Face



By Isha Patel

The Ponds HS

3rd Place

Two Sides of Me



By Cerys Maddox

Girraween HS

Highly Commended

Does Colour = Culture?

By Cassandra King

Rooty Hill HS

Honourable Mention

Beauty is Ambiguous

By Safa Al-bekaa

East Hills Girls Technology HS

Honourable Mention

Aussie Indian

By Hitesh Bhuta


Honourable Mention

Striving for the Dream

By Jodie


Honourable Mention

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

By Talia Cordi

Erina HS



1st Place

Audition: A Film about Racism

By Robert Lin

Prairiewood HS

2nd Place

Bear and Kev

By Jeremy Blewitt

Ryde Secondary College

Fairfield High School's (Intensive English Centre) Poems 

We would also like to congratulate Fairfield High School - Intensive English Centre for being the school with the most submissions. Many of the poems we received were from recently arrived migrant and refugee students from all around the world, and we would like to share their emotions and experiences. They are beautiful to read.

Strive for happiness 

My heart was upset like the night sky without stars 

Leaving my country was a nightmare

My destiny tossed me across the oceans

Scared to begin in a new country 


Looking across Australia’s blue ocean 

My dreams hugs me closer 

Rays of the sunshine filled my soul in hope

My hope was like a lifeboat to me 


I thought that music was only friend, but I found a friend

I don’t grieve about the past

Australia became my most beautiful sunshine star in the night sky 

I believe life always hands me a new chance to shine bright like a star

By Natalia Yousif

My Culture poem

My culture is sharing and caring

My culture is unfair

My culture is the smell of dolma seducing you

My culture is following and protesting a rotten government

My culture is dancing khiga as a uniting dance

My culture is living in its worst days

My culture is a blinding amount of generosity

My culture is a melody

My culture is the taste of meat and bread in every meal

My culture is slowly shrinking around the world

But my culture will never die

By Ramel Pethyo

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