Wakari School junior pupils wear their sunglasses
yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien.
A big secret is being kept out of sight by pupils at
Dunedin's Wakari School.
The school is one of eight around New Zealand selected to
take part in the Visique ''Have A Sunny Day'' video
competition, which illustrates the importance of wearing
sunglasses and protecting young eyes.
And although they have started filming, no-one is saying what
the video will be like.
''We're keeping our ideas for the video under wraps,''
teacher Judith Stanbridge said.
That is because the prize is worth having, and they do not
want to leak their ideas to the other competing schools.
Visique Dunedin optometrist Peter Dick said the winning
school would win $1000 and free sunglasses for the class that
made the film.
Last month, he visited the school to explain why young people
needed to protect their eyes from UV exposure in the
playground, using electronic devices and in everyday life.
He revealed 80% of UV damage to the eyes was done before
people turned 20.
Yesterday, all pupils and staff wore sunglasses to school, as
the school's young film-makers started filming.
Mrs Stanbridge said pupils would be working hard over the
next month to complete their video before the April 15