New design for Prep Bags 2020

Starting school is an exciting time for both Prep students and their families. As part of our Back to School activities, we celebrate by sending every Victorian government school Prep student a 'Prep bag' packed with useful and engaging resources and books.

Prep bag design
Ana Livia and her winning design

2019 Top Arts, Top Designs and 2018 Premier's VCE Awards Art and Design students participated in a competition to create a Prep bag design to be seen and enjoyed by all those starting school next year. There were seven finalists including the winner.

Reflecting back on the First day of school

This year's Design winner is Ana Livia Maiorino. She is currently completing a Bachelor of Design at the University of Melbourne.

Drawing from her own experiences, Ana Livia embraced the different elements of a first day.

'On their first day of school, Preps are as equally excited to meet their new friends as they are eager to learn new things,' she says.

Polly, from Victorian College of Arts Secondary School and now RMIT Communication Design student, was also a finalist. She relied on her primary school memories for inspiration.

'I don't remember complete scenes or events, but rather isolated images of people and objects significant to me. Therefore, I chose to create a collage-style illustration,' Polly says in her rationale.

Mentone Grammar graduate Nina created a cheer squad of jolly animals to encourage nervous Prep students on their first day of school.

'I wanted to create a design that incorporated the diverse aspects of schools through the use of sporting goods, music and books,' she says.

The designs impressed the panel of judges from Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority (VCAA), the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), Heide Museum of Modern Art and the Department.

'Congratulations to all students who have responded creatively and thoughtfully to the design brief. The entries were of a high standard graphically and conceptually,' says David Menzies, NGV Educator and Top Arts Curator.

'I love the different takes on the theme and that each of the entries draw upon memories both good and bag, combining them with their experiences in their lives to date,' says Miranda Picton-Warlow from VCAA.

The youngest judge was a kindergarten student going onto Prep next year at Cambridge Primary School.

'I like that one. Look at the people. I like their hair. I'm going to draw hair like that,' Emily says about Ana Livia's design.

Ana Livia was extremely surprised and thrilled to win the competition.

'I hope that my design is well-received by the Preps in 2020 and that every student who receives one of the bags enjoys the design, the bag and their first day of school,' Ana says.

Take a look at the seven finalists and read the rationales. They are available to download: 2020 Prep bag designs