Creative Writing Competition 2017

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The book!

We’re pleased to announce that the This is My Dream paperback edition is now available!

The Winners…

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The winners of the 2017 creative writing competition, pictured with judges Sufiya Ahmed and Nadine Kaadan,

The final decisions were very difficult to make considering the quality of the work, inspired no doubt by the writing workshops.

Along with work by the Syrian prize-winners, their stories and poems will be published in paperback this year, with the book launch taking place at the Write Idea festival in November.

View winners

KS4 Short StoryCommendedAyat Muhammad Al-KilisAl-Tafawq School, Syria

KS2 Poetry 1st & Best in school Zarah Gaffar Halley Primary School
KS2 Poetry 2nd Samiul Miah Bonner Primary School
KS2 Poetry 3rd & Best in school Ajwad Munthasir Marner Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended & Best in school Soraya Mahmood Guardian Angels Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended Lewis Palmer Guardian Angels Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended Ubayd Ibnzafar Halley Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended & Best in school Jemima Workneh St Elizabeth Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended & Best in school Shahana Islam Stebon Primary School
KS2 Poetry Commended Judy Hatim Yehia Al-Mahdatha School, Syria
KS2 Poetry Best in school Lauren Percy Chisenhale Primary School
KS2 Poetry Best in school Marwa Aya Zaouchi Osmani Primary School
KS2 Poetry Best in school Kyra Davis Wellington Our Lady and St Joseph Primary School
KS2 Short Story 1st Aya Al-Hasaba Al-Hashimya School, Syria
KS2 Short Story 2nd & Best in school Aoife Griffin Saint Annes Primary School
KS2 Short Story 3rd & Best in school Ren Logan Bonner Primary School
KS2 Short Story Commended Anastacia Scedrin Marner Primary School
KS2 Short Story Best in school Safiyah Raynor Old Palace Primary School
KS2 Short Story Best in school Ramisa Begum Blue Gate Fields Junior School
KS2 Short Story Best in school May Braidwood St Saviours Primary School
KS2 Short story Best in school Raya Hussain Cayley Primary School
KS2 Short story Best in school Alfie Shields St Pauls Whitechapel Primary School
KS2 Short story Commended Afnan Ahmed Al- A’amar Syria
KS2 Short story Commended Muhammad Mahmoud Sobhyia  Syria
KS2 Short story Commended Wijdan Nazir Al-Mohibani Syria
KS2 Short story Commended Abdelrahman Muhammad Al -Sanen  Syria
 
KS3 Poetry 1st Ola Abd Al-Razik Al-Hashmyia School, Syria
KS3 Poetry 2nd & Best in school Nasihah Choudhury Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS3 Poetry 3rd Mohammed Tameen Asif Islam Stepney Green College
KS3 Poetry Commended & Best in school Taqiya Labiba Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Poetry Commended Humairah Yasmin Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Poetry Commended Madihah Begum Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Poetry Commended & Best in school Muhammed Omar Hussain Swanlea School
KS3 Poetry Commended Riyann Chowdhury Morpeth School
KS3 Poetry Commended Waleed Hassan Morpeth School
KS3 Poetry Commended Humaira Uddin Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS3 Poetry Commended Imaan Maya Ahmed Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS3 Poetry Commended Esra’ Majid Al-Sa’aoor Syria
KS3 Short Story 1st Umor Sahil Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS3 Short Story 2nd & Best in school Mabel Tahsin Morpeth School
KS3 Short Story 3rd Azra Ali Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Short Story Commended Faiza Ahmed Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Short Story Commended Swahiba Begum Uddin Central Foundation Girls School
KS3 Short Story Commended Zaara Jabeen Zaman Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS3 Short Story Commended Raghad Yousif Al-Rayes Syria
 
KS4 Poetry 1st Rahma Mahmoud Shbat Nimr School, Syria
KS4 Poetry 2nd & Best in school Abdul Khayam Stepney Green College
KS4 Poetry 3rd Samirah Ahmed Sir John Cass Redcoat Foundation School
KS4 Poetry Commended Mahid Ali Stepney Green College
KS4 Short Story 1st Abdul Khayam Stepney Green College
KS4 Short Story 2nd Huda Walid Al-Halabi Al-Mahditha Secondary School, Syria
KS4 Short Story 3rd Sulaiman Khan Stepney Green College

Please send details of any missing or misspelled names to jacob.turner@towerhamlets.gov.uk

A creative writing link between children in Tower Hamlets and Syria

This is My Dream is the second year of our creative writing link with Syria. The project’s  vision is to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in schools in London for new arrivals, as well as providing a platform for children in Syria to tell their story to an empathic audience.

The project builds on the Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service’s annual creative writing competition for Key Stages 2-5, and extends the competition to schools based in Syria, leading to a bi-lingual Arabic-English publication for and by children.

The publication will be a collation of the winning contributions from both the Syrian and British cohorts and will be distributed to participating schools in Tower Hamlets and Syria, with a view to engaging pupils in a process of reading, discussing, interpreting and analysing the contributions of their counterparts, using tried and tested Global Learning methodology.

This is My Dream

Tower Hamlets Schools Library Service Creative Writing Competition will launch in January 2017 with winners announced following the Easter holiday.

This year we have successfully bid for funding from the Arts Council to provide 25 author-led creative writing workshops to primary and secondary schools during the spring term. The aim being to inspire pupils and offer them expert advice on writing.

The competition will also continue to link pupils in Tower Hamlets with young writers from schools in Syria. Work by children from both countries will be published by the Schools Library Services as a dual-language English/ Arabic book later in the year.

Interpreting the theme

This is My Dream builds upon the 2016 creative writing competition, Out of Place. The theme covers:

  • Children’s rights
  • Human Rights
  • Hopes and dreams
  • Journeys (metaphorical or otherwise)
  • Overcoming obstacles and challenges
  • Imagination

Why take part?

This year the competition is a way to engage pupils with global issues including children’s rights, human rights, and the crisis in Syria. Guidance on these topics will be provided in partnership with the HEC Global Education Centre

Pupils taking part in the competition are encouraged to engage with literature and to read around the themes in order to inspire their own writing. Schools participating in our creative writing competitions have expressed how they have seen pupils develop in confidence, knowledge and in their ability to write.

To take part

  1. Register your school. A fee of £30 to cover judging and prizes, is payable via SLA online
  2. Choose the date for your author writing workshop. If you are one of the first 25 schools to register, contact the Schools Library Service to arrange your free workshop
  3. Children write the stories and poems! Guidance and promotional posters will be sent upon registration.
  4. Send us your shortlist of up to 10 entries for each category (short story or poem) by Friday 7th April 2017 for the final judging.

poster-sample-smallOnline resources to support the theme

Selected online resources chosen by the HEC Global Education Centre

Children’s Rights : A Teacher’s Guide

What Makes Me Happy series from the Ragdoll Foundation

UNICEF Child’s Rights Launchpad

UNICEF Teaching Ideas and material

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