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The Five Ways to Wellbeing School’s Creative Project is an art competition that helps to celebrate October’s Mental Health Month with school-aged children in South Western Sydney (SWS).

Students are asked to create an artwork that shows any of the Five Ways to Wellbeing to have a chance to win.

The Five Ways to Wellbeing Schools Creative Project 2023 is now closed  for entries.

To be involved for 2024, please email

Winners for 2023

A record number of students entered the Five Ways to Wellbeing Schools Creative Project in 2023, making it the most successful year of the competition.

The judges had a difficult job choosing the winning artworks and often made their final decision with the help of the artist statement. The statements often showed what the students had learnt about the Five Ways to Wellbeing and how it linked to their artworks.

Winning and highly commended artworks from each age category won a $50 gift voucher. An extra 20 students were awarded an Original Artwork Encouragement Award certificate.

We are pleased to announce that the winners are:

5-6 years

Winner: Rory Hain, Picton Primary School 

Highly commended: Leah Freeman, Picton Primary School

Rory, Picton PS (5-6) Winner          Leah, Picton PS (5-6yrs)

7-9 years

Winner: Zeeana Zamir, Bardia Primary School

Highly commended: Ava Terkalas, St Euphemia College and Sarah Gurung, Bardia Primary School

  Zeeana, Bardia PS (7-9) Winner           Ava, St Euphemia (7-9) Highly Commended      Sarah, Bardia PS (7-9 yrs)


 10-12 years

Winner: Bryan Tran, Canley Heights Primary School

Highly commended: Abigail Wilson, Mawarra Primary School and Celine Noovao, Claymore Primary School

Bryan, Canley Heights PS (10-12) Winner         Abigail, Mawarra PS (10-12) Highly Commended          Celine, Claymore PS (10-12) Highly Commended

13-15 years

Winner: April Ferry, Camden High School

Highly commended: Zahraa Deeb, Distance Education and Kien Lucino, Casula High School

April, Camden HS (13-15) Winner           Zahraa, Distance Education HS (13-15) Highly Commended          Kein, Casula High School (13-15)



Schools which had more than 50 entries were eligible to win one of three $350 art packs.

Winning schools for 2023:

Bardia Public School

Casula High School

Claymore Public School

Art Pack Prize!

Winners have been notified and prizes will be delivered to their school with a certificate of congratulations during December.

Thank you to all of the students and schools across the region who entered the competition and created an artwork based on one or more of the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

The competition will be open for entries from August 2024 and close in October, Term 4.


For further information, please contact the SWSLHD-Health Promotion Mental Wellbeing Team:


What are the Five Ways to Wellbeing?

The Five Ways to Wellbeing are simple actions that people can take in their everyday life to improve their mental wellbeing, and their ability to cope with the ups and downs of life.

The Five Ways are: Connect, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning, and Give.

You can learn more about the Five Ways here.

Classroom learning

A Teachers’ Guide is available to support classroom learning opportunities which aim to help students identify and use strategies that support their mental wellbeing. The guide includes:

Classroom activities


*Five Ways to Wellbeing art source: New Zealand Mental Health Foundation