Shearwater students proudly showed their year's work to families and friends during the School's annual Open Day at the end of November - a breathtaking display of colour, creativity, beauty and incredible energy.
Three hundred lucky people braved the heat last night to watch the spellbinding premiere of WAVE 2018. Judge Richard Weakley said the calibre of costumes this year set a new benchmark. "A dizzying parade of style and skill had us scrutinising small details to try and set the entrants apart from one another, such was the craftsmanship and creativity on display."
Last night's event ended with the announcement of the winning garments, the creators of which will share in almost $8,000 prize money.
With opening night under their belts, the performers are looking forward to cooler conditions for the remaining performances.
A reminder to ticketholders - please print your tickets out at home and come early to enjoy the fabulous pre-show dining experience by the WAVE food team, featuring Buddha Bowls, coffee, cakes and cool drinks.
Congratulations to the winners of WAVE 2018 'Homecoming: Labyrinth of Twists and Turns'. Enjoy the performances!
Overall Grand Winner ($2000) - sponsored by James Hardware Mitre 10, Mullumbimby
Winner: #76 'Protector Eye of the Storm' by Ana Jol
Directors Prize ($1000) - sponsored by Chincogan Real Estate
Winner: #39 'Coral Petals' by Nitza Flantz
Most Creative Use of Materials ($500) - sponsored by Baxter & Jacobson Architects
Winner: #20 'El-Beri' by Eloise Galea
Section 1 – Rivers of Stars: A Guide to the Night Sky - ($750) partially sponsored by Westpac ($500)
Winner: #15 'Rise up: Seven Sisters' by Bianca Wildwood & Kate Mutimer
Highly Commended: #6 'Su Pasta' by Timna Kopman (Shearwater Year 11)
Section 2 – City of Angels single garment section ($350) - sponsored by Byron School of Art
Winner: #19 'Ocean's Flight' by Ishtar Dempsey (Shearwater Year 7)
Highly Commended: #20 'El-Beri' by Eloise Galea
Section 3 – Labyrinth of Twists and Turns ($750) partially sponsored by Shamanic School of Womancraft ($350)
Winner: #53 'The Labyrinth Of Life' by Sheri Piccone
Highly Commended: #41 'Minotor' by Shea Howard and #59 'Lady Pianola' by Maggie Wretham
Section 4 – Knock, Knock, Who’s There ($750)
Winner: #61 'The Butterfly Catchers' by Mirra-Winnie Gaze
Highly Commended: #62 'Cosmic Leviathan' by Eloise & Wyuna Baker (Shearwater Year 7)
Section 5 – Homecoming: Treasure Ships From the Edge of Time ($750)
Winner: #72 'Guardian' by Evan Anderson (Shearwater Year 10)
Highly Commended: #74 'Fields of Frequency' by Gypsy Hunter (Shearwater Year 8) and #83 'Warrior Between Worlds' by Oceana Piccone (Shearwater Year 12)
Student Awards ($1000) sponsored by Fuji Xerox Business Centre Northern Rivers
#10 'The Phoenix Rising' by Maya Morrison ($200) - Homeschool
#83 'Warrior Between Worlds' by Oceana Piccone ($200) - Shearwater Year 12
#58 'Give A Crap Creations' by Oceana Williams-Brauer ($200) - Cape Byron Rudolf Steiner School
#74 'Fields of Frequencies' by Gypsy Hunter ($200) - Shearwater Year 8
#78 'Goddess Of Love And Protection' by Zuki Lamerton ($200) - Shearwater Year 11
Student Encouragement Award:
#56 'Kick Like A Girl' by Rosa Tansley-Beckerman - Shearwater Year 7
The halls are alive with the sound of sewing machines, arc welders, dancing feet, laughter and song as the High School counts the days until opening night. Wearable Arts 2018 - 'Homecoming' is coming to ground and around 200 students from Class 7 to Year 10 are busily creating, with roles as musicians, actors, writers, filmmakers and editors, lighting and audio technicians, carpenters, dancers, singers, tailors, artists, set and prop designers and makers, choreographers, photographers, graphic designers, stage hands, models, judges, ushers, and caterers. Tickets are on sale now via the shearwaterperformingarts.com website. Don't miss out!
In the waning weeks of the 2017 school year, our intrepid and passionate (then) Year 10 Geography students were asked to plunder the depths of their boundless creativity, over one…last….school…project, one of which would be chosen as Shearwater's entry into a wonderful Youth Environmental Art competition, organised by a local treasure, acclaimed actor and passionate environmental crusader Tony Barry.
It was hot. The crickets were just warming up for their summer accompaniment and listlessness had begun to sing its siren song in the classroom. The students could already smell the sea and feel the surf, “holidays hurry up”. They were tired.
We were studying a wonderful topic in Geography about environmental issues and the way they are being managed. We were faced with the reality of the impact on Mother Earth and the advent of the era of the Anthropocene. The class looked at: the tsunami of plastics that we are swimming against, overfishing and the sixth extinction, focusing on insect population decline, climate change and deforestation. Such big issues, all of vital importance and equally mind boggling, these topics are often hard to process.
The aim of the competition was for our youth to voice their hopes and concerns for the environment through a variety of art mediums. What better way to end our studies than creating change or dialogue around the issues we had studied.
We ended up choosing the painting by Shayla Oates, pictured below, titled 'The Consumer'. A big congratulations to Shayla for her really insightful piece, she highlighted what is at the core of our environmental plight and for her efforts, her painting came fourth in the contest!
Unfortunately, we didn’t get a chance to photograph all of the completed pieces, some of which had limited life spans. Well done to Year 10 for opening your hearts and minds and voicing your reflections, and thank you for completing them in the limited time we had. The different mediums you used displayed the width and depth of your abilities and creativity.
Sometimes, with a little bit of effort, mixed with some heart and care, we can make a statement, spark a thread and create change that ripples out.
Nikki Treanor and Sandra Bain
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