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AWI continues to help educate the next generation about the unique and natural benefits of Australian wool.

For each of the past five years, high school students across Australia have been encouraged to put pencil to paper and take part in a real life fashion design experience using Merino wool fabrics as part of the Wool4School project.

The project offers a rewarding and cutting-edge design experience without students actually having to make the garment. The initiative is planned by teachers and textile experts in-line with the school curriculum.

2016 Wool4School

For Wool4School in 2016, AWI is asking Australian school students to design an innovative and creative sport outfit that conveys the Aussie team spirit.

Open to students in years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11, Wool4School sets the challenge to design an original outfit made from one of the world’s most innovative and natural fibres - Australian Merino wool - and go in the running to win part of $10,000 worth of prizes.

Teachers and students are now invited to register for this real life fashion design experience through the website and in doing so utilise the significant classroom resources associated with the project.

How to get involved

Woolgrowers and parents: Contact your local high school and encourage them to get involved in the Wool4School program. Information for schools and teachers is available at

Year 7-11 teachers: Simply register your school and year groups at to receive a free teachers’ resource pack including Merino wool samples, videos lesson plans and for the classroom.

Year 7-11 students: Learn more about the exciting competition at and talk to your teacher about getting involved.

Key dates:
Registrations close: 31 May 2016
Submissions open: 1 June 2016

Submissions close:
Years 7 & 8: 19 July 2016
Years 9 & 10: 26 July 2016
Years 11 & teachers: 2 August 2016

2015 Wool4School

In 2015, Wool4School launched with an international theme of Live Life Love Wool. Secondary students from year 7 to 11 designed 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.

Wool4School in 2015 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.

The winner was student Ben Colvin from SCECGS Redlands School in New South Wales who created an outstanding design that was innovative, contemporary and well-constructed.

View the entries of the winning students and see the names of the finalists from each state.

2014 Wool4School

In 2014, Wool4School offered a wonderful opportunity with the design theme "50 years of fashion", recognising half a century since the creation of the world's most loved fibre brand, the Woolmark brand.

Students were invited to design a garment inspired by one of the eras of fashion from the past 50 years.

With more than $10,000 and invaluable fashion work experience with leading designers up for grabs, Wool4School was bigger than ever in 2014 and the competition also expanded to include students in Years 11.

Wool4School 2014 winners

  • Year 11: Christine Zhou, Methodist Ladies College, Melbourne, VIC
  • Year 10: Clancy Davies-Etheridge, Kinross-Wolaroi School, Orange, NSW
  • Year 9: Vivian Tang, St Mary’s Star of the Sea, Wollongong, NSW
  • Year 8: Hannah Jenkins, Elderslie High School, Narellan, NSW
  • Year 7: Cindy Kieu, St Dominic’s Priory College, Adelaide, SA

From the very high standard of entries this year, from more than 400 schools, came a series of spectacular designs in keeping with students' favourite fashion eras. The winning Year 10 design has now been made into reality and will be featured in the February edition of Girlfriend magazine, while the winning Year 11 student will be learning from the best through a short internship with designers Camilla and Marc.

View the entries of the winning students and see the names of the finalists from each state.

2013 Wool4School

In 2013, with more than $10,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs, students were urged to think about how they would dress a member of the Royal family. Teachers were also encouraged to take part in this unique project by introducing Wool4School into their lesson plan. Those who registered also had the chance to win $2500 and were sent a resource pack including fabric samples and design support to help with the students' work.

Close to 1200 designs were submitted across Years 7 to 10 including outfits for the Duchess of Cambridge, the Princess of Monaco, the Queen, Princess Beatrice, and even Prince Harry.

2013 Wool4School winners

  • Year 10: Sophie Aylward, Kinross Wolaroi School, Orange, NSW.
  • Year 9: Lian Koh, St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney, NSW.
  • Year 8: Maggie Catalano, Loreto Mandeville Hall, Toorak, Vic.
  • Year 7: Sophie Capoccia, St Dominic's Priory College, North Adelaide, SA.
  • Teacher winner: Nicole Koinuma from Noosa District State High School, Noosa, Qld.

The winning year 10 design by Sophie Aylward was made into reality by leading Australian designer Jonathan Ward and was featured in a photoshoot in Girlfriend magazine. Sophie also had the opportunity to show the dress to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their visit to the Sydney Royal Easter Show in April 2014.

PHOTO: Wolter Peeters/Fairfax Media

View the entries of the winning students and see the names of the finalists from each state.

2012 Wool4School

2012's program, with the theme Modern Australia, had an overwhelming response and the overall winner - Brooke Pearce - had the rare opportunity to explain her winning design to HRH The Prince of Wales on a visit to Australia in November 2012 as part of the Campaign for Wool.

More information

For more information about the project, visit the Wool4School website.