Childnet Film Competition 2017

childnet_filmOpen to all UK schools and youth organisations, our annual competition invites all young people aged 7-18 to take on the challenge of creating a short film about internet safety. All films must showcase positive and inspiring use of the internet and clearly reflect our chosen theme.

Our judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, inspiring and have a clear message. The three selected finalists from both the primary and secondary age category will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be presented great prizes for their school or youth organisation to award their creative achievements!

Link: http://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2017

Raspberry Pi Competition

rasp_pi_comp Innovation for All

The aim of this year’s competition is to produce innovations that will improve the lives of people who have conditions that limit their ability to do things the rest of us take for granted. Inventions could range from technology which helps athletes win a medal in the Paralympics, aids visual impairment or learning difficulties, to those which uses music therapy to help mental health.

We believe this initiative will drive great innovations – from helping people with physical impairments to operate everyday IT and computers, to inventing wearable technology to enable better learning.

Our Raspberry Pi competition is a core part of our ongoing work to make the difference for young people. The competition gives teams of students as young as eight the opportunity to gain hands-on experience of computer programming and engineering – valuable skills which have been declining in the UK in recent years.

Register Interest: http://www.paconsulting.com/events/raspberry-pi-competition/

Create a new online safety logo for Safer Internet Day 2017

sid2017Do you have an eye for design? Are you the next big designer?

If so, can you create a new online safety logo for Safer Internet Day 2017?

Safer Internet Day will be on 7 February 2017 and we have a new challenge for learners in Wales.

We are calling on learners to take part in our Safer Internet Day competition to create a new logo for online safety in Wales.

We invite all teachers to lead conversations with learners about what online safety and a better internet means to them. Following the discussion we’d like your learners to create a logo to represent online safety in Wales.

The winning logo will go live on Hwb on Safer Internet Day – it will become the new logo for Hwb’s online safety zone! We will unveil the winning logo at our official Safer Internet Day event in Wales on the 7th February and we hope that the logo will become a recognisable emblem of positive and creative use of the internet, used in future online safety resources and initiatives.

Who can enter?
The competition is open to all learners aged between 4 – 18 in Wales. Schools/organisations can enter a maximum of 5 entries.

Criteria
Entries will be judged on two criteria – concept and design. Any text used in the logo should be bilingual.

Judges
A panel of judges will be selected to review and select the winning entry.

Key dates

12 December 2016 – competition closes

9 January 2017 – shortlisted candidates notified

7 February 2017 – winning entry announced and logo launched

Get your Safer Internet Day 2017 pack here! – https://hwb.wales.gov.uk/resources/resource/d1a699e4-818f-4473-8078-78415486d699/en

More about Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised globally by the joint Insafe/INHOPE network, with the support of the European Commission, each February to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology, especially among children and young people. Celebrated on the second day of the second week of the second month, each year on Safer Internet Day thousands of people unite to raise awareness of online safety issues and participate in events and activities right across the globe. In 2017 the slogan for the day will be: Be the change: unite for a better internet! In 2016, Welsh Government in partnership with UK Safer Internet Centre coordinators, SWGfL, ran an app competition for schools in Wales and the winning primary and secondary apps were launched online on the day.

Dahlightful Stories Competition

dahlightfulThe Dahlightful Stories Competition is an official Roald Dahl 100 Wales contest for children attending Primary School (Year 3 to 6) or Secondary School (Year 7 to 13) in Wales.

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller! 2016 is also the Year of Adventure here in Wales! So we are asking children from all over Wales to write their own Dahl inspired adventure stories, then enter them into the Dahlightful Stories Competition by 20 July 2016. 

Not only is this a challenging and fun activity the winning stories and shortlist will be published in a book that will be on sale throughout Wales.

The competition will be open for entries from 30 May to 20 July 2016. There is a competition pack available that includes a lesson plan and classroom activity sheets, which makes it easy and fun for your pupils to get started and take part.

Full details here: http://readingwales.org.uk/en/dahlightful-stories-competition/

BBC Radio 2: 500 Word Challenge 2016

500wcSix years ago, Chris Evans had a dream: to get children excited about reading and writing. All children, no matter what their ability. 500 Words is now one of the most successful story-writing competitions for kids in the world. Nearly half a million pupils have written a story for us; that’s over215 MILLION words!

It’s very simple. Your pupils write an original story on any subject or theme in 500 Words or fewer and submit it online. If they win, their story will be read live on the radio by a superstar celebrity…like Sir Kenneth Branagh, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Bonneville or Sherlock himself – Benedict Cumberbatch. Each year, 10 million Radio 2 listeners hear, read and love these stories.

Winners will rub shoulders with the world’s biggest celebrities and massive pop-stars performing at the Final. Plus in 2016, 500 Words is delighted to welcome back real-life royalty to the competition: Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall, who returns in 2016 to support the competition as our Honorary Judge! She’ll be reading and debating the top 50 stories of the competition with our amazing author panel: Malorie Blackman, Charlie Higson, Frank Cottrell-Boyce and Francesca Simon.

AND in the year of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, our Final will be live from the home of British story-telling,Shakespeare’s Globe, on the 27th May.

The competition is open from the 18th January 2016 and closes for entries at 7pm on the 25th February, so it’s perfect teaching for Spring term.

We’ve got LOADS of teaching resources on our website under the ‘Grown-Ups’ section and we’re currently making some shiny new materials including a new learning pack and workshop videos which you can use in your classroom.

We look forward to reading your pupil’s stories. Remember: if you want to get involved and be a judge in our competition, you can sign up on our website while the competition is open.

Welsh Heritage Schools’ Initiative

whs_initiativeThe Welsh Heritage Schools’ Initiative’s annual competition has been running for 25+ years and it gives schools in different categories of Foundation Phase, Primary, Special and Secondary an opportunity to present projects on themes of their choice which relate to Welsh and /or local history.

Between 60 and 70 schools compete annually for the generous prizes (from £1,000 and £100) donated by our sponsors.

The 2016 Awards Ceremony will be held in the National Waterfront Museum Swansea on July 8th and it would be great if there was a fair local representation present. All the schools have to do at this juncture is to register their projects by January 31st and the judges will visit the schools towards the end of April / beginning of May.  This year there is a particular emphasis upon digital work, projects about women’s history and projects to do with travelling and Wales and the wider world e.g. the First World War or Patagonia.

Further information can be found about the Initiative and the competition on our website www.whsi.org.uk.

Shaun the Sheep’s Cracking Ideas Design Challenge

cracking_ideasInvent a cracking contraption to transport Shaun the Sheep back home.

Shaun is stranded in the Big City and needs your help to get back to Mossy Bottom Farm.

Design an inventive form of transport and you could win some great prizes, including your very own Shaun the Sheep sculpture for your school.

Created in partnership with the Intellectual Property Office, the design challenge is free to enter and open to all pupils up to the age of 16.

Details can be found at http://www.crackingideas.com/competition/ or you can find the entry forms here: entry form.

Competition closes 15th May 2015

Childnet Film Competition 2015

childnet_filmChildnet is delighted to announce that their annual film competition is now open to pupils aged 7-18!

Once again Childnet would like to invite all primary and secondary schools as well as youth organisations across the UK to enter their challenge to create a short film about internet safety. As always the films should showcase the positive and inspiring use of the internet, as this still remains at the heart of Childnet’s Film Competition 2015.

However, this year they have added a bit of a twist and have teamed up with PhoneBrain, a great organisation who aims to educate users about premium rate services.  Teaming up with PhoneBrain has allowed Childnet to stretch and challenge the 11+ category even further. So, for the first time ever there will be 2 projects to choose from in the secondary age category (ages 11 to 18)!

The judging panel will be looking out for films which are the most creative, are closest to the theme and have a clear message. These film-makers will be invited to a private screening at London’s BFI where they will be awarded great prizes for their creative achievements!

Weblink: http://www.childnet.com/resources/film-competition/2015

Congratulations to Gwyrosydd Primary School – Competition Winners!

Tablets for SchoolsTablets for Schools are proud to announce that Gwyrosydd Primary School is the winner of their Microsoft Surface video competition. As you’ll remember the brief was to submit a creative, short film about how a set of class tablets could transform their learning. The winning class took inspiration from the Beastie Boys with their fun and creative version of Fight for your Right. – See more at: http://www.tabletsforschools.org.uk/surface-video-schools-competition/#sthash.ip4y0pbd.dpuf

Help beat cyberbullying – one rhyme at a time!

Anti-bullying Song CompetitionAnti-Bullying Week (17-21 November) highlights the impact of bullying on children and young people in schools, communities and in cyberspace.

The Internet Matters competition asks schools to come up with creative ways to address the issue through song, rap or verse. There are categories for Primary and Secondary schools, and both have exceptional prizes including a school visit from Olympic medallist Christine Ohuruogu (MBE) and a class visit to Sky’s TV studios. Songs will be judged by an expert panel, including singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

You’ll also find a downloadable lesson plan and poster on the Internet Matters website to help create your entry and raise awareness in your school.

More details about the competition are available on the Internet Matters website: http://www.internetmatters.org/educate/schools/antibullying-song-competition.html