A key part of our Eye on Nature event is our popular and successful Wearable Arts show. Children from Primary, Intermediate and Secondary schools are challenged to create a unique costume using recycled or organic materials that represents our annual Eye on Nature theme concerning the environment.
Due to the resounding success of the Eye on Nature Wearable Arts show over the past five years, we have decided to move the event to give more children and teenagers the opportunity to participate! The success of the event is down to the amazing creativity and commitment of our primary, intermediate and secondary schools students, teachers and parents, and we can't think of a better way to acknowledge that than to provide a bigger, all-weather venue to showcase all their incredible hard work. The Eye on Nature Wearable Arts Show will be held at the Vodafone Events Centre in Manukau on Wednesday 26 and 27 June 2019.
Participants will be creating their costumes to connect with the 2019 Theme idea, Friend or Foe, Restoring Habitats-Reducing Threats - Hoa hēhoariri kia haumaru papakāinga.
Click to view entries from 2016 in the below video or see more images on our Facebook page here.
After consultation with our schools community, we have shifted the Wearable Arts show from the April Eye on Nature event, and moved it to later in the school year.Teachers and students alike feel that this will give them more time after Term 1 to work on their designs, and we want to be sure to be giving them every opportunity to shine! A later event will ease the burden for teachers and students, and therefore encourage more talented and passionate schools to get involved.
It is suggested that in term 4 of 2018 teachers introduce the theme to the students to give them enough research time and make a plan about different options of display.
In term 1 February 2019, (5 months till submission) students are given opportunities to give their creations dedicated time to produce the best quality outcomes according to age and stage. We have lots of up to date resources to support your research.
Pestdetective.org.nz -gives you pictures of non-native creatures and lots of examples of how children can get involved in some environmental action ideas.
Doc.govt.nz – has a tab on Foe- ‘Pests and Threats’ and ‘War on weeds’ which has a simple visual guide on invasive weeds. It also has great resources on native invertebrates, (friends). In our second link we have catered for your audio learners hoping they will be inspired by the sounds of our precious native birds. Did you know a male and female Kiwi sound very different?
Weedbusters.org.nz - a great resource which offers alternative native plants and an opportunity to learn what pest plants look like.
Pond.co.nz is the National Grid for Learning and Auckland Council has a range of resources for teachers. There is a booklet on ‘Invertebrates’ and another called ‘The Forest Community’, which are designed to support their Learning Through Experience programs. Great teaching resources to ignite, explore, develop and enrich student’s knowledge of New Zealand’s unique biodiversity. All booklets have references to the National Curriculum and ideas to build in for literacy and numeracy.
Please note that the Wearable Arts will be presented at the Vodafone Event Centre, 770 Great South Rd, Manukau Thursday June 27, 2019.
Please remember to strictly adhere to the following criteria and to the theme.
To help ensure your entry qualifies please use the checklist provided.
Here are some things to remember before you send in your entry: