Talent of What Matters? finalists rewarded with fantastic prizes

Each year, the Whitlam Institute and the University of Western Sydney are impressed by the high quality and diversity of the entries to the What Matters? essay competition.

From more than 3,500 entries, just eight finalists have been chosen in 2012. To reward the fantastic achievements of these students, a range of prizes will be awarded.

  • The overall winner of the 2012 What Matters? essay competition will receive a laptop and software package, courtesy of Officeworks.
  • Also courtesy of Officeworks, each category winner will be awarded $350 and the runner-up in each category will receive $200.
  • Officeworks will also present five schools with an Officeworks spending spree, valued at $1,000.
  • The category winners from years 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10 will each be offered a place in a full-day creative writing workshop, donated by The Writing Workshop and conducted by award-winning author Bernard Cohen.
  • The year 11/12 category winner will be offered the opportunity to participate in ReachOut’s ReachOutReporters multimedia content producing program, receiving professional training and the opportunity to be paid for their work.

Officeworks Communications & Public Relations Coordinator, Lucy Owens, says the finalists for the 2012 What Matters? competition are worthy recipients of these fantastic prizes.

“The What Matters? competition is a vital component of Officeworks’ commitment to education and young people. We are proud to once again be involved in 2012,” says Ms Owens.

“Through their essays, each of the finalists has demonstrated an obvious talent for writing and a passionate interest in the world around them. Hopefully, by receiving this recognition for their talents, they are encouraged to continue writing about ‘what matters’.”


26 July 2012

Contact: Danielle Roddick, Senior Media Officer