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The winners of the Kaboom art competition have been announced. The judges have reported that the artworks and video were excellent and, in some cases, confronting. See the link to the judges' reports here.

Here are the winners of the artwork:

Early Childhood

Our Neighbours by Ivy, Mia, Felix, Oliver, Charlotte, Sienna, Amy and Alice from Hira Kindergarten.
A splendid collective artwork telling us every thing we need to know about what a pukeko looks like.

Year One

About me by Sovannary Samnang from Glen Eden School.
This was a strong image that tells a story that moves across the world and across cultures.

Year two

Tiger by Felix Shen from Endeavour School.
Here Felix has done a very convincing observational drawing of a tiger.

Year Three

Collaborative Lion by all 72 of the year 3 students from Cashmere Primary School.
In this big bright picture each student was given a small piece of a picture that had been cut up. They each had to copy their part of the picture as closely as they could and then they put pieces put together to create big version of the original picture.

Year Four

City Landscape by Emily Wright from Long Bay Primary School.
An engaging print of a city and its reflection on a watercolour background.

Year Five

My Whanau by Capri from Rewa Rewa Primary School.
Capri shows us that painting can talk about sad and difficult events.

Year Six

Leaving Russia by Alisa from Glen Eden School.
A bold, clear, colourful painting that tells the story of a journey across the world.

Year Seven

Pop Art Portrait- Hannah by Hannah from Berkley Normal Middle School.
A pop art self portrait inspired by the work of American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein.

Year Eight

Matariki-Campbell 2015 by Campbell Pareanga from Hauturu School.
Matariki in the style of an Australian Aboriginal dot painting.

Video Winner

The Crazy fruit bunch by Ephraim Frame.