Spirit of Barrenjoey Competition

During Term 3 of 2020, the SRC has held a competition open to all students about Barrenjoey Spirit. We wanted to encourage students to think about the positives of the Barrenjoey environment, even during the difficult times as a result of COVID-19.

There were 13 entries to the competition, including students from Year 7 to Year 12. The quality of the entries was very high. We received amazing photos, impressive artworks, some thoughtful essays, wonderful videos and even a song called ‘Barrenjoey Sound’.

A panel of three expert judges – Principal Mr Bowsher, long time parent/teacher/artist Mr Guy Hawson and 2020 School Captain Zoe Coles – were greatly impressed by the efforts and talents of the competition entrants. After careful deliberation, the following awards have been given:

  • First Prize: $200 – Alannah Amet Year 12, with an artwork consisting of a series of images and text that reflect deeply on Barrenjoey Spirit. It combines the local environment with ideas of what Barrenjoey students struggle with as teenagers, showing that Barrenjoey is a place where this insecurity and hiding parts of ourselves, but also a place 
  • of learning, maturing and overcoming adversity to connect with each other and our environment.
  • Junior Runner Up Prize: $50 – Stella Julius and Summer Campbell Year 8, for their surfboard artwork and accompanying video that incorporate many elements of Barrenjoey life.  
  • Senior Runner Up Prize: $50 – The Rions from Year 11, with their song and video ‘The Barrenjoey Sound’.
  • Highly Commended Awards go to Riley Brigstocke in Year 7 for his fabulous drawing that brings together a number of ideas about Barrenjoey Spirit, and Cora Proctor and Sophia Egerton in Year 8 for their video interviewing students and teachers about their views on Barrenjoey Spirit.

Congratulations to all of our entrants!

Tyler Schaafsma – Essay


Alannah Amet


Joy Frost

Harry Craven

Riley Brigstocke


Lawrence Simpson

Noah Smith