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SACRE competition 2018

SACRE competition

Prizes to be won!

SACRE is running a competition for all schools in Buckinghamshire to encourage children and young people to reflect on their lives and explore creative ways of expressing their ideas. The end-product will be a 2019 calendar which will be sent to all schools

Theme for this competition

My Special Place        (primary, including special schools)

My Sacred Space        (secondary)

Secondary Special Schools can enter pupils for either category

There will be prizes of £20.00 Amazon tokens for individual pupils. Six for primary and six for secondary, both including Special Schools.

The school with the overall best entry in each category will receive vouchers for Articles of Faith.

Pupils can enter images, art-work, poetry, lyrics or prose to express how a place or space helps them to feel closer to themselves, the world and/or ‘God’. Encourage them to be as creative and thoughtful as possible, maybe combining a range of media. The work is to be accompanied by a reflective piece of writing explaining the work and the thinking behind it. This should be no more than one side of A4. Please see the detailed outline for each phase in the appendices.

There will be 6 winners in each category, whose work will be used to illustrate a calendar which will be produced and sent out to all Buckinghamshire schools.

The competition is open to all pupils in primary, secondary and special schools. Pupils should write a brief reflection about their work and some sentence starters are included to help if required.

All entries need to be submitted by 5th November 2018.

Please provide the following details

  • Pupil name and age
  • School
  • Description and explanation of entry written by the pupil

Email entries to Bill Moore, Adviser to Bucks SACRE: bjvmoore@aol.com by 5th Nov 2019

If you have any queries, phone Bill on 07749 211997

Art work can be sent as a JPEG image and write-ups must be typed, sent as word or PDF files.

We want to encourage pupils to reflect on and be creative in the way they express their ideas and experience:

  • Art can express ideas, feelings and concepts through colour, shape and texture
  • Written work can be descriptive narrative, poetry, abstract and challenging
  • Art and words/poetry can combine in many imaginative ways

From a school perspective, this can involve approaches from a wide range of subjects, including languages, sciences, arts, humanities and design.

Appendix 1    

Primary guidance: My special place – a place where I can think about my life and being me.

Questions to guide pupils

Please note that the questions below are just guidance and it is not expected that pupils should address them all. Hopefully a few will stimulate some thinking and allow them to respond more meaningfully to the theme.

  • What makes this place special to you?
  • Why is it important to you?
  • How does it help you to ‘just be me’?
  • How does this place help you feel safe, happy and secure?
  • Are there special memories? Special objects?
  • Is this a place just for you, or is it shared with others?
  • How would you expect others to treat this place?
  • Does it help to have others around, or is it better if you are on your own?

Reflection

  • What does it say about you?
  • How does it affect who you are, the way you live, what you do, how you feel and what you think and believe?
  • For you, what does it mean to ‘just be me’?
  • Why do you think it is important to think about this?

Sentence starters below may be used if helpful.

My picture shows / is all about . . .

It shows that I……..

‘Being me’ is good, because…..

This place helps me to think about….

One thing I have discovered about myself is…

Completing this work has made me think about . . .

I have tried to show . . .

I have thought a lot about . . .

I would like people to look/read/think about . . .

The deepest thing about my work is …

Doing this work has made me think …

I’ve tried to show my thoughts/ideas/vision/feelings by …

What I like best about my work is …

While I was making this, I thought a lot about … and I would like to say …

This work has helped me to realise …

My main ideas are …

My inspiration came from …         

Appendix 2    

Secondary guidance: My sacred space – a place where I can think deeply about life

Questions to guide students

Please note that the questions below are just guidance and it is not expected that students should address them all. Hopefully a few will stimulate some thinking and allow them to respond more meaningfully to the theme.

  • Do you have a space or a place that helps you to reflect on life and feel closer to yourself or others, or the world/universe/’God’?
  • What is so significant about this space?
  • Is it a physical or a mental space? Or both?
  • Is it a building, within a building or beyond walls?
  • How does this space help you through life?
  • What sorts of things do you do in this space that help you reflect on your life and get closer to yourself, God or other people?
  • What kinds of things does this place help you to think about or reflect on?
  • Is this a place just for you, or is it shared with others?
  • How would you expect others to treat this place?
  • Does it help to have others around, or is it better if you are on your own?

Reflection

  • What does this work say about you?
  • How does it affect who you are, the way you live, what you do, what you want to achieve how you feel and what you think and believe?
  • For you, what does it mean to ‘find yourself’?
  • Why do you think it is important to think about this?

Sentence starters below may be used if helpful.

My picture/poem etc shows / is all about . . .

It shows that I……..

It is important to find yourself, because…..

This space helps me to think about….

One thing I have discovered about myself is…

Completing this work has made me think about . . .

I have tried to show . . .

I have thought a lot about . . .

The deepest thing about my work is …

Doing this work has made me think …

I’ve tried to show my thoughts/ideas/vision/feelings by …

What I like best about my work is …

While I was making this, I thought a lot about … and I would like to say …

This work has helped me to realise …

My main ideas are …

My inspiration came from …

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