Should We Change the Date of 

Australia Day?

A student workshop opening up the conversation 

William Ricketts Sanctuary Photo: Margaret Hepworth

William Ricketts Sanctuary Photo: Margaret Hepworth


Your students are invited into a ‘courageous conversation’ on this contemporary topic, in a student workshop, at your school.

Margaret Hepworth, a Melbourne history teacher of 30 years experience, and an international educator, has been teaching this topic for decades. She has now created an exciting interactive presentation and collaborative debate to engage your students. 

You choose:

Interactive Presentation – Approx 1hr (1 period)


Interactive presentation and student debate – Approx 2 hrs (2 periods)

Through a variety of activities and discussions:

  • We open to question what Australia Day represents and what the date represents

  • We explore the history of Australia leading to the creation of ‘Australia Day’

  • We employ critical and creative thinking to delve more deeply into this topic

  • We examine the meaning of reconciliation

  • We learn to differentiate between fact and opinion

  • We use collaborative debating skills for your students to find their answer to this issue

  • Finally, we add the component of ‘mindful action’

The students are not told what to think; they are invited to think

As an educator, I believe it is imperative we make serious efforts with young people by opening their worldview to solution focused outcomes.

Typically aimed at the Yr 9 – Yr 10 level, the workshop can be adjusted to meet the needs of Yr 6 -Yr 12 and is aligned to the National Curriculum.

To book this insightful workshop click the button below and complete the form to contact Margaret.

Margaret Hepworth

Margaret Hepworth is an expert in teenage motivations and behaviours; a thought leader in peace and values education; founder of the solution-focused, social enterprise, The Gandhi Experiment; an English and Humanities teacher of 30 years; recipient of the 2016 Sir John Monash Award for Inspirational Women's Leadership; creator of Collaborative Debating.

Margaret authored The Gandhi Experiment – teaching our teenagers how to become global citizens to provide others with tools to unravel hate, fear and discrimination. Teaching non-violence as a conscious choice, she helps prevent cyber-bullying, bullying, domestic violence and conflict. Teaching young people to find purpose aids in the area of mental health and well-being.