WINNERS of our 2018 Stories on Values competition
To mark this year’s “Values in the Community” World Values Day, during the lead up to the climax of the campaign on Friday, 18 October, we ran our third “Stories on Values” competition, inviting children from all over the world aged from 7 to 11 to submit their own stories based on their chosen values.
All the judges were extremely impressed with the quality of the imaginative and perceptive work that was sent in. There was a tie for first place but instead of using his casting vote, the Chair of the judges, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, wanted to recognise the excellent standard of the stories by both Sherwin and Laya and therefore this year we have joint winners.
We would like to congratulate ALL the children who took part in the competition for their amazing submissions – both stories and pictures. The outstanding quality of thinking and the ability to convey such profound thoughts is testament to the life-enriching values education work that is taking place in the children's schools and being further enhanced at home with the support of their parents, carers and others.
This year's winners
Here are the prize winners. Their schools can feel very proud of the book tokens won for their libraries, worth £100 for each winner, £50 for the runner-up and £25 for each of the highly recommended entries.
To read the stories click on the titles.
Joint 1st Place
* The Kind Boy Krish by Sherwin aged 8 from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School, Electronic City, India
* The Power of Silence by Laya aged 10 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School, India
* Silent Response by Aarav aged 8 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School, India
* Blind But Beautiful by Riya aged 11 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School, India
* Honesty is the Best Policy by Safa aged 11 from Elmwood Junior School, Surrey, UK
* I Popped It! by Ishita aged 7 from Lydiksen Elementary School, California, USA
* The Journey Home by Jessica aged 8 from St Paul's C of E Primary School, London, UK
* The Unforgettable Evening by Mayurika 9 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School, India
* The Wrong Side by Savvas aged 9 from Capel Manor Primary School, Enfield, UK
We will be compiling a PDF booklet with these top nine entries along with many of the other superb pieces of work and pictures sent in. Early in 2019 it will be available to download, free of charge, from our website. Every child whose work we publish will receive a congratulatory certificate.
We are most grateful to our 3 highly esteemed judges, all of whom want children to have the very best start in life and know just how empowering carefully chosen values can be and how such values have enabled them to lead such innovative and successful lives: Professor Sir Albert Aynsley Green, Dr Jill Berry and Sonia Gill.
2017 Book of Stories on Values by children for children
We collected together over 30 delightful stories from the 2017 competition, along with some charming illustrations and pictures and compiled a PDF book which you can download free of charge - click here.
We hope teachers will be inspired to use some of the stories and pictures from this book and the 2016 book as additional resources when they prepare lessons using either our Education in Human Values (EHV) programme or the new SMSC/PSHE/British Values programme - The Big Think (TBT) - for children aged from 4 to 11 to be launched in the autumn of 2018.
2016 Book of Stories on Values by children for children
We gathered together 40 wonderful stories from the 2016 competition and many beautiful illustrations and drawings and printed them in a book. Do click here to download the PDF version free of charge. (Hard copies are available in the UK for £8 (including packaging & postage) - just send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.)