No pupils were harmed in the making of Wakari School's
national award-winning video, despite it involving shooting
apples off children's heads with a bow and arrow.
Year 9 and 10 pupils at the Dunedin school have won the New
Zealand Visique Have a Sunny Day video competition with a
William Tell-esque story about how much easier it is to hit
an apple on someone's head with an arrow while wearing
sunglasses, than it is without.
The video aimed to illustrate the importance of wearing
sunglasses and protecting young eyes.
It perhaps should have come with a warning - children, don't
try this at home.
Throughout term one, new entrants classes around New Zealand
were visited by Visique optometrists, to distribute free
sunglasses and talk about the importance of protecting eyes
from UV exposure and looking after eyes in the playground,
when using electronic devices and in everyday life.
To solidify the lessons of protecting young eyes in a
practical and fun way for children, schools were encouraged
to participate in fun competitions that exercised the pupils'
eyes for detail and creativity through colouring and
For winning the New Zealand Visique Have a Sunny Day video
competition, the year 9 and 10 pupils at Wakari School will
today be presented with free sunglasses and $1000 from the
national competition's organisers.
Deputy principal Stacey Gribben said the children were ''over
the moon'' with the news of their win.
''Wow - we are so excited.
''They had such a lot of fun preparing for the video and then
filming, so winning was just the icing on the cake.''
Peter Dick, of Visique Peter Dick Optometrists, said many
Kiwis were unaware that 80% of UV damage to the eyes was done
before people turned 20, so it was hoped the Visique campaign
helped schoolchildren throughout the country to get into the
habit of protecting their eyes from the sun and other
This was the 10th year Visique had run the Free Sunglasses
for New Entrants campaign, which to date had distributed more
than 190,000 sunglasses to new entrant pupils nationwide.
By the end of 2014, Visique would have protected the eyes of
more than 212,000 children, he said.