Its official. The Pick Your Favourite Archie to Win the 2017 Archibull Prize is now our most read blog post ever. With 50,000 plus views and over 2.7K Facebook shares the students artworks are being admired and appreciated by readers all over the world
Shout out to ABC Country Hour for your support and Kudos to Hunter LLS for your very impressive media contacts
ABC Country Hour now have an Archie as their Facebook Header
and you thought The Archibull Prize was an art competition, right?
Well yes and no. One of the strengths of the program is that it involves multiple Key Learning Areas so if a student is not necessarily interested in art they can join the fun through other subjects.
History, geography, maths, technical and applied studies, engineering and food technology are some of the other subject areas involved perfecting the Archies you see before you today.
Journalism students have created blogs; technology and computer students have produced animations.
At Beaudesert State High School maths and engineering students contributed with electronics, computer programming and robotics to help their cow moo, swish her tail, change her eye colour and even emit tractor sou
Going above and beyond
One of the things that really amazes us about The Archibull Prize is how schools and students go above and beyond what we expect of them.
Teachers and students from Gwynneville Public School have stumbled into school in pre-dawn hours to be ready for excursions to farms.
Students from St Raphaels Catholic School Cowra have talked to CEOs.
Students teachers and parents have watched artificial insemination in dairy cows.
They have found out how hard it is to count sheep.
They have invited Indigenous groups into their school and learned Indigenous words, which they now use in tribute to the first people.
And at Blacktown Girls High, where they were studying cotton, they became involved with Share the Dignity with the help of their local politician. Share the Dignity is a charity that collects sanitary items for homeless women and women fleeing domestic violence. So what does this have to do with cotton? Well most sanitary items are made from cotton and the students quickly came to realise that cotton was so much more than wearing a shirt or a pair of jeans – it is used for our daily needs.
The Archibull Prize combining art, technology,education and #youthinag to empower our young people to work with the community and farmers to create the bright future we all deserve