Repurposing: Riverhills wows with Trashmagination

Students from Riverhills School have been using their imaginations to create outfits out of unwanted materials for their show ‘Trashmagination’.

After months of work carefully designing and constructing extraordinary outfits, the students were excited to share their creations with friends and whanau last week.

“They worked collaboratively in groups to create their outfits and compose digital music tracks to accompany their look on the stage,” says Riverhills principal, Sarah Allen.

“It was a real team effort that required perseverance, problem solving and a ‘can-do’ attitude.”

‘Trashmagination’ was presented in three sections – diversity, nature and future.

Riverhills School trashes out fashion from unwanted material at the Trashimagination show at school. Photos supplied

Each group took inspiration from one of these themes and worked with a selection of materials in their construction.

Year 4 student Ailey Hay said that her group was motivated to make a dress out of chip packets to protect sea creatures, who eat plastics that end up in the ocean.

‘Te Fiti’ was modelled by Annabel Huang and created by her Year 0/1 classmates out of wood sacks, wallpaper, plastic cups and bottle tops. The children also made paper flowers, grass and leaves for the outfit.

As an Enviroschool, Riverhills staff and students have been focusing on reducing the waste they are sending to the landfill this year. Classes have led the introduction of a number of waste reduction initiatives over the year resulting in litter-free lunches, increased composting and worm farming, and streamlined systems for sorting waste.

‘Trashmagination’ brought the community together to celebrate the students’ success in their endeavors to be kaitiaki (guardians) of the environment.