Two Year 6 students were recently acknowledged in the 2018 Yolande Frank Art Awards hosted by the United Nations Association of Australia, Western Australian Division (UNAAWA). Ariella S was awarded the prize for Upper Primary and Erica S won the People’s Choice Award for Upper Primary.

The girls received their prizes at the annual Peace Day celebration on Sunday 23 September in Subiaco, where the judges commented on the high standard achieved by all students this year. Both award-winning entries will be featured in a United Nations 2019 calendar. Yolande Frank was born in Hungary on 16 September 1921. Her whole family was sent to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, where her parents and some siblings perished. After the war she migrated to New Zealand and then Australia.

Yolande had such a bottomless pit of energy and exuded such a love of life and optimism that most people had no idea of the hard times she had lived through. Yolande Frank was a passionate advocate for human rights and was always ready to raise her voice for equality and respect between all. This art award is a tribute to her memory. Well done to both Ariella and Erica for their very creative and artistic entries and their success in this prestigious competition.