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York Festival of Ideas
Posted on 14 July 2011
We are delighted to announce the winners:
They each win vouchers worth £50
The runners up in each category were: Luke Harbord (5-7); Olivia Butterworth (9-12) Thomas Hinton (13-16). They each win vouchers worth £20.
There were also several highly commended: Caitlin Addely, Dougie Buchanan, Emma Buckley,Clare Burgess, Katherine Deighton, Mary Fulford, Beth Jardine, Jake Murdoch and Josephine Osborne.
The judges really enjoyed reading all the entries and were very impressed by the ideas and the wonderful artwork. A special thanks to schools who sent in entries including The Mount School, New Earswick Primary School, Scalby School, Selby High School, Prince Henry's Grammar School, Otley, Scarcroft School, Archbishop of York's Junior School and all the other schools who encouraged children to take part.
Ben Ward, RE Subject Leader of Scarcroft School, whose Year 5 & 6 children did their entries during RE lessons at school said: "They really enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the 10 Commandments in lesson and thinking about themselves and the world around them."
The purpose of the competition clearly struck a chord and gave children the opportunity to express their ideas about what ought to matter in society. Children used a range of media from ancient to modern including large collages, animated Powerpoint presentations, Blackberry, email screens, scrolls, hand-painted artwork and beautiful calligraphy. Niamh Devlin, the winner in the 13-16 age group, suggested that in the 21st century, the 10 commandments should be printed on banknotes to make them publicly visible to everyone! To see a selection of the entries (we received more than 250) see http://www.christianityandculture.org.uk/commandments.
There were many individual commandments which we particularly liked. These include
Other memorable commandments included
In many cases there was as definite similarity in language and sentiment with the original Ten Commandments as they appear in the King James Bible, but there were also strong new themes concerning conservation, the safety and protection of children and equality of opportunity and access to resources.
The competition was generously supported by Blackwells of York and HMV York who supplied the prizes. Entries will be on display from Monday 18th July in the foyer of the Humanities Research Centre (open Monday – Friday, 9am – 6pm) and on the Christianity and Culture website http://www.christianityandculture.org.uk/commandments
Many thanks to our judges: Steve Hughes, Managing Editor of The Press, York; Dr David Efird, Philosophy Department University of York; Revd. Jane Nattriss, Vicar of the City Centre Churches, York and Louise Hampson, Development Officer, The Centre for the Study of Christianity & Culture, University of York.