Navy's search for creative connections

In 2016 the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) is celebrating its 75th anniversary as the independent maritime arm of the New Zealand Defence Force.

RNZN would like to engage with secondary school pupils, teachers, and wider communities throughout New Zealand through a national competition that showcases the creative energy of pupils and aligns with educational outcomes including the NCEA syllabus. The Royal New Zealand Navy Secondary Schools Competition has two themes:

“Our Navy: courage, commitment, comradeship”
“Our Navy: our roots, our story, our mission”
The competition has two separate levels - Year 10/11, and Year 12/13. We invite students in these groups to submit a proposal for a creative project that tells a story related to one of these themes in a medium of their choice. Potential media may include: dance, drama, videography, apps, fashion, food, design, painting, sculpture, traditional carving, performance arts, prose, poetry, photography, music, or any other genre that you choose. 
From the proposals six finalists will be selected and have the opportunity to bring their projects to life.
Finalists will receive free travel to visit the Devonport Naval Base and meet naval personnel, as well as a financial contribution towards the cost of developing their proposal.

The Royal New Zealand Navy Secondary Schools Creative Competition will also showcase your students and school on the international stage with all finalist submissions to be displayed during the International Naval Review, in November, at a special exhibition at The Cloud in Auckland’s Viaduct. The International Naval Review is the culmination of the Navy’s 75th anniversary celebrations when vessels from international Navies will visit Auckland.
For further information and submission templates, please email: [email protected]

YEAR 10-11

  • WINNER: Apple MacBook Air

  • RUNNER UP: DSLR camera

 YEAR 12-13

  • WINNER: contribution towards tertiary study of $3000

  • RUNNER UP: contribution towards tertiary study of $1500

Winning Schools will receive $3000 each

Each school department which submits entries goes in the draw to win $3000 as well as spot prizes

Important dates:

  • Friday 24 June              Submission of proposals

  • Friday 29 July               Finalists (6) will be notified

  • Friday 30 September    Final works to be submitted

  • Sunday 20 November   Prize giving, part of the Navy’s International Naval Review and exhibition at The Cloud, Auckland

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