Winning wool designs announced for Wool4School 2015

27 August 2015

For the first time a male student has taken out the top prize for the Wool4School national student design competition.

SCECGS Redlands student Ben Colvin's winning design

SCECGS Redlands student Ben Colvin's winning design

For the first time a male student has taken out the top prize for the Wool4School national student design competition.

Now in its fifth year and linked to the National Curriculum Food and Fibre component, Wool4School involved 10,000 registered students from across 700 Australian schools. The quality of the 1100 final entries submitted was exceptional according to the judging panel and the number of final entries represents an eight per cent increase on last year.

With the theme of Live Life Love Wool, secondary students from year 7 to 11 have been designing wool garments they would like to wear on a trip to one of five major city destinations. With an extensive resource library and free samples of both knitted and woven fabric for the classroom, students dreamt of visiting Paris, New York, New Dehli, Moscow or Tokyo wearing wool in various forms.

While participating students do not have to make their garment, students illustrate and carefully describe the textiles used in their designs. State and year level winning students and teachers will share in the $10,000 worth of prizes, with the overall year 10 winner having their design made into reality by leading designer Jonathan Ward.

This year that student is Ben Colvin from SCECGS Redlands School in New South Wales who created an outstanding design that was innovative, contemporary and well-constructed. Wool4School Project Manager Ashley Hollis said the design won over the judging panel because it presented the best choice of fabric, was well thought through and demonstrated a contemporary approach.

Amongst the year level winners were Isabelle Ingram, Year 7 from Tamborine Mountain State High School Queensland, Clara Freeman the Year 8 winner from Ascham School NSW, Jemma Hayes Year 9 GRC Penshurst Girls Campus in NSW and Mikaela Fewster the Year 11 winner from Noosa District High School Queensland. A full list of winning entries can be found at

Meanwhile, in its first foray overseas, more than 300 students in Hong Kong have been involved with a modified version of Wool4School in 2015.

Collaborating with the Hong Kong government's Education Bureau (HKEB), Australian Wool Innovation involved students from junior and senior schools. The partnership greatly assisted AWI’s Hong Kong office to educate a new generation about the benefits, properties and versatility of Australian wool.