WINNERS of our 2019 Stories on Values competition
To mark World Values Day this year with the theme of Values and Wellbeing, during the lead up to the climax of the campaign on 17 October, we ran our fourth “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 and similarly for children aged 4 to 11 to send in their artwork.
Our team of preliminary judges and the panel of Stories judges, Ed Mayo, Dr Paquita de Zulueta and James Minter, much enjoyed reading all the imaginative and perceptive work that was created by today's increasingly 'values literate' children, and Galia Durant, illustrator and musician for our new, whole-school, whole-child Values programme for ages 4 to 11 called THE BIG THINK, was delighted by the children's artwork.
This year's winners
Here are the prize winners. Their schools can feel very proud of these children, each of whom has been awarded a personal copy of The Big Think Stories Book, which is a compilation of the stories for children aged 7 to 11 in The Big Think. Shaheer also won a book token for his school library worth £150, Toby won one worth £75 and each of the 6 children whose stories were highly recommended won a book token worth £25 for their school libraries.
To read the stories and see the pictures, click on the titles.
First place: Always Be Kind by Shareer aged 11 from Elmwood Junior School, Surrey, UK
Runner Up: Kindness Is Golden by Toby aged 9 from Sri Sathya Sai Spiritual Education, London, UK
* Everlasting Happiness by Grace aged 9 from Living Values Children's Education Foundation in Nigeria
* Living Better Lives by Joy aged 10 from Living Values Children's Education Foundation in Nigeria
* Love And Kindness by Shreyas aged 10 from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School - HSR Extension in India
* Teamwork Always Wins by Pranav aged 8 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School in India
* The Brave Friend by Eeshan aged 8 from NIVE - New Horizon Public School in India
* The Cunning Fake Fall by Lorenzo aged 9 from Holme Grange School, Berkshire, UK
* Kindness Is My Magic by Sofia aged 6 from Capel Manor Primary School, London, UK
* Save Trees by Bhavish aged 9 from Samsidh Mount Litera Zee School - Vidyaranyapura in India
* The Jungle Adventure by Ambiya aged 8 from Manor Junior School, Essex, UK
We will be compiling a PDF booklet with all these prize-winning entries along with lots of the other excellent stories and pictures sent in. Early in 2020 it will be available to download, free of charge, from this website. Every child whose work is published will receive a congratulatory certificate.
Thank you to the Judges
We are enormously grateful to the team of preliminary judges who worked so hard to arrive at the short list of stories for our panel of judges and to Ed Mayo, Dr Paquita de Zulueta and James Minter for so kindly taking the time to support this project with their expertise. We also very much appreciate the kindness of Galia Durant who was the judge for all the artwork.
2018 Book of Stories on Values by children for children
Over 40 of the very best contributions from the 2018 competition have been drawn together with a set of delightful illustrations and pictures to come up with another PDF booklet that you can download here free of charge. We know you will be impressed!
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 that we launched in June 2019.
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.)