Stories on Values Competition 2017
Following the great success of last year’s Stories on Values competition, which attracted a wonderful diversity of imaginative and engaging stories from children around the world, we are delighted to announce that we are holding the competition again to mark this year’s World Values Day, which is on Thursday, 19 October.
Just like last year, we are asking schools and other organisations involved with children aged from 7 to 11 years from all over the world to take part in this story writing competition. The stories can be fictional or based on real experiences (personal or otherwise) but must be original and centred around one chosen value (see the list with the How to Enter instructions). Stories should be no more than 350 words long and can be illustrated, although that is not mandatory. All stories must be submitted by Friday 13 October 2017 at the latest.
During the run up to World Values Day and on the Day itself, we will post many of the stories on our website and the WVD website so they will be seen and enjoyed all around the world.
Early next year the HVF will publish a booklet entitled ‘Stories On Values - By Children, For Children’ featuring a wide cross section of the stories (and illustrations) received for this competition. This booklet will be available free online on our website in PDF format.
Why would your school take part?
There will be prizes awarded for the best 8 stories consisting of book tokens to a total value of £300 for the relevant schools’ libraries. All the children whose stories are published by us will be given certificates and so will their schools.
Your school will join many infant, primary and junior schools around the world in this event (as well as lots of other individuals and organisations with an interest in education). Your participation would also provide valuable evidence of your school’s compliance with your responsibility to provide high quality, stimulating social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education for your pupils and their engagement with the modern world.
What to do next
If you are interested in entering the competition we would be delighted to hear from you this summer or early in September at the latest. Please let us know if your school/organisation would like to take part by advising us using this email address: email@example.com giving the name of your school, a contact name and a contact telephone number.
You might like to consider asking children in your school to write the stories as part of a Summer Holidays Project.
The stories themselves will need to be finished and submitted by Friday 13 October at the very latest. See How to Enter below.
The competition is open to children aged between 7 and 11 years old only. However, if you wish to involve younger children as well, we will be very happy to receive copies of drawings, paintings or posters (A4 size if possible) on the theme of values; we will publish the best of these in a similar way to the stories and will also consider awarding a special prize in this category.
> Click here for details about How to Enter this year’s competition.
Stories on Values Competition 2016
To mark the very first World Values Day, which took place on 20th October 2016, the Human Values Foundation invited schools and other organisations with children aged from 7 to 11 to take part in a story writing competition. We asked children to write an original and creative story about their favourite value.
There was a huge response. Entries came in from all over the world. As well as many from around the UK, there was a wonderful diversity of great stories from India, Africa and across the Middle East.
The winning entry was an inspiring story by Janna, a 10-year-old from the Basheer Primary School in the Lebanon, a school run for Palestinian refugee children by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA). The story, Garden of Hope, is about a group of girls who work together to rescue an abandoned garden.
Second place went to a highly inventive story called Hope Saves the World written by Jed, an 8-year-old pupil at St Paul’s Church of England Primary School in London. It is about a boy who helps the values to battle the “Negitivions”.
Book token prizes went to the two winners and were also awarded to six highly recommended entries. Two of these were from UNRWA schools in Jordan, two from schools in India, and two from schools in the UK, reflecting the extremely wide geographic spread of the entries to the competition.
Here is a list of the prize winners. Please click on each of their stories to open a pdf of their fine work.
The Distinguished Judges
We are extremely grateful to our distinguished panel of judges, all of them former headteachers and champions of values in education: our Education Adviser Sir Anthony Seldon, Ann Greenwood and Laura Hyde, and to Sian Harkin and Libby Hume who energetically assisted them.
Book: Stories on Values by children for children
We have gathered together 40 wonderful stories from the 2016 competition and many beautiful illustrations and drawings in a book. Please click here to download a copy.
We hope teachers will be inspired to use some of the stories and pictures as additional resources when they prepare lessons using our Education in Human Values (EHV) programme.