The 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. Values-themed poems are also very welcome. All entries 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 and poems 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 poems (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 entries consisting of book tokens to a total value of £300 for the relevant schools’ libraries. All the children whose stories and poems 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 as soon as possible. Please let us know if your school/organisation would like to take part by advising us using this email address: firstname.lastname@example.org giving the name of your school, a contact name and a contact telephone number.
The stories and poems 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 poems and will also consider awarding a special prize in this category.
> Click here for details about How to Enter this year’s competition.
The Distinguished Judges
The distinguished judges for this year's competition all have amazing records as innovative headteachers and champions of values literacy and holistic education: Professor Dame Alison Peacock, Lisa Croke and Viv Grant.
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 have 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 email@example.com.)
We hope teachers will be inspired to use some of these stories and pictures as additional resources when they prepare lessons using our Education in Human Values (EHV) programme.