The huge display and attention to detail at Central School won them the competition.
The huge display and attention to detail at Central School won them the competition. Emma Channon

Winning entry had a nautical theme

PUT aside 20 minutes when you visit the Warwick Central School Jumpers and Jazz tree.

Each piece in the design – from the stuffed snorkeller suspended from two trees, to the bright-legged octopi and the 10-metre boat – would have taken an extraordinary amount of time to complete.

The three judges – Warwick Tourism and Events CEO Tracy Vellacott, Warwick Art Gallery director Karina Devine and myself – were all very impressed.

“Central told a complete story with humorous elements and very creative ways of representing animals under the sea,” Ms Devine said.

“They used school trees and other areas to make one of the most impressive school entries I’ve seen.”

Mrs Vellacott said she loved how all schools interpreted the theme differently.

“I particularly love how many of the schools see their own students as the shining stars,” she said.

“It’s great to see the strong belief in the students and their abilities.”

Other entries worth mentioning are Freestone State School, the Red Carpet at Wheatvale, St Mary’s School and the dozen or so different-themed trees at Scots PGC.

Tree winners

While all school entries to the Jumper and Jazz festival were outstanding, there had to be a winner: First place: Warwick Central School.



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