Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize

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Our 2019 theme is "Pollinators"

Imperial Jezebel Butterfly

This year's Environmental Schools Sculpture Prize theme encourages students to discover the many different creatures that assist the pollination of plants. Animals that are known to be good pollinators include bees, butterflies, birds, nectar feeding bats and some species of moths, flies and wasps.

Well-known pollinators found in Woollahra area include honey bees, native Australian bees, the Grey-headed flying fox and birds including the Eastern Spinebill, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red Wattlebird, Crimson Rosella and New Holland Honeyeater as well as many butterflies and other insects.

Students can seek inspiration for their artwork by researching one or more species that help to pollinate plants, the processes involved and the importance of pollination for our environment and food supply. We encourage teachers to take students outside the classroom to observe pollination in action in local school gardens, community gardens or parks with flowering plants.

2019 Key Dates & Documents

  • Monday 24 June: Call for entries opens
  • Monday 21 October: All entries must be hand delivered to Council
  • Wednesday 23 October: Entrants will be notified of launch details
  • Monday 28 October: 4:30pm – 6pm, Exhibition Launch at Woollahra Council
  • Friday 8 November: Exhibition closes

Download Key Dates and Information here.

Download Conditions of Entry here.

Complete the Online Entry Form here

Eastern Spinebill


There are many online resources for students and teachers that will help to inspire, inform and support your efforts.

Honey Bee on flower

How do I enter?

All entrants must be enrolled in a primary or secondary school within the Woollahra Council Local Government Area. Please ensure you read the conditions of entry as this specifies the suitable materials, size and weight of sculptures.

  1. Read the Conditions of Entry
  2. Plan your sculpture in line with your environmental message and the theme
  3. Start sourcing materials and creating!
  4. Remember to take pictures of the making of your sculpture for your picture diary and to write an artist statement about your sculpture
  5. Complete the Online Entry Form and Artist Statement before you deliver your sculpture.
  6. Hand deliver your sculpture and photo diary (labelled with your unique entry ID code) to Council no later than 4:30pm Monday 21 October 2019.

Congratulations to our 2018 Prize winners.

The Catcher

Pictured: 'The Catcher' by Emil Hurley-Stone and Oscar Shirley from Glenmore Road Public School, 2018 Winner Group Category

Inspired by this year's theme of ‘Threatened Species in Woollahra’, our local school students have created sculptures of many amazing threatened species that are still seen in the Woollahra area including the Little Penguin, Powerful Owl, Grey-headed Flying Fox, Sooty Oystercatcher, New Holland Mouse, Bentwing Bat, the Seahorse and more.

All students should be very proud of their efforts as their sculptures will inspire others to reflect on the importance of protecting the amazing wildlife and threatened species in Woollahra.

Senior Category: Gabriel Stafford from Reddam House for the sculpture The Less Powerful Owl

Junior Category: Ellie Dickinson from Woollahra Public School for the sculpture Swimming in Plastic

Group Category: Emil Hurley-Stone and Oscar Shirley from Glenmore Road Public School for the sculpture The Catcher

Highly Commended:

  • Willow Mason from Ascham School for Sunset Bat - the Grey-headed Flying Fox
  • Charlie Dickinson from Woollahra Public School for Recycled Penguin
  • Antonio Kazagrandi and Oliver Criddle from The Scots College for Owl Power
  • Darcey Keen, Clara Stewart and Claire Huang from Reddam House for Humanity's True Moral Test

Viewer’s Choice: Marina Ghannami, Sarah Fakhouri and Isabelle Murdoch from Ascham for Magenta Cherry Tree

More Information

Environmental Education Officer
Phone: 9391 7095
Email: sustainability@woollahra.nsw.gov.au