The efforts of cotton schools were highlighted at the recent winners ceremony for the Archibull Awards, Art4Agriculture's program to engage secondary and primary school students in agricultural and environmental awareness through art, design, creativity and teamwork.
Cotton Australia Education Coordinator Sophie Davidson with Trangie students.
Schools recognised at the awards included:
- Trangie Central School Best Blog (program B) and Best Overall Blog. Best Cotton Blog (Sponsored by Auscott), Best Cotton Artwork (Sponsored by Auscott). Best Overall Artwork. Best Overall Blog. Reserve Grand Champion
- Northlakes High School – People’s Choice
- Chifley Primary School Best Cotton Multimedia presentation (Primary) (Sponsored by Auscott)
- Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College Berkley Vale - Best Archibull Artwork – Program B 3rd place
- Matraville Sports High School Best Archibull Artwork – Program B 3rd place
- Caroline Chisholm College (Selected in the top 12 artworks)
Cotton Australia also commends the schools that missed out on an award but deserve praise nonetheless, including Arndell Anglican College, Gunnedah High School, Vincentia High School, Theodore State School and Theodore Primary School.
The ArchiBull prize inevitably involves urban students connecting to people involved in producing their food and fibre - it’s success lies in the community getting involved.
Cotton Australia would like to thank the following in helping make this year's Archibull Prize a success:
- All the students and teachers who participated
- Cotton's Young Farming Champions - Richard Quigley, Liz Lobsey and Tamsin Quirk - for inspiring this year’s students and teachers, plus upcoming Champions Ben Egan, Martin Murray, Kirsty McCormack for their efforts throughout the year
- Auscott for sponsoring two new awards
- The Macquarie Cotton Growers Association, Macquarie 2100, Sally Quigley and Quigley Farms, Rob Tuck, Stu Crawford, Chesterfield Australia Warren and Dubbo branches, Sally and Robert St Clair, Julie Wise, Sandy Young and Bronwyn Christensen from Cotton Australia, Namoi Cotton, Ken Hillder Transport, Agriland, The Gale family, Jaye Milgate, The Barclay family, The Seymour Family, The Rae Family, The McKinnon Family, Anne Barwick, Rachel Halloway (Upper Naomi Cotton Growers Association), AgVantage, Gunnedah Library, Gunnedah Civic Centre, Boggabri arts & craft exhibition, the Field to Fabric Course organisers and the businesses and parents who supported the schools.
- Special thanks to Lynne Strong, Kirsty Johns and the Art4Ag team