Help us find young creative talent to express why they love where they learn

Wednesday, February 07, 2024

As part of Our Year 2024, which celebrates the district’s culture and heritage, we are setting a creativity challenge to find talented artists and writers among our schoolchildren.  

If you know someone, aged 4 to 16, who is great at writing or drawing, encourage them to create either an A4 poster or write a rap or poem, and enter our competition, ‘Wonderful world of learning – creativity challenge’.

It’s a chance for students to express through art what they love about where they are learning. The prizes are fantastic and include the chance to see their work displayed to the public and published in a booklet. 

“The district has been the home of many world-class artists, from Barbara Hepworth to Henry Moore. 

“Who knows what other hidden talent there is in the district! This competition is a great way to find out, and for our children and young people to have some fun and really think about what makes their place of learning special. Is it a teacher, or maybe a subject?

“We can’t wait to find out and see how they express their love about where they learn.”

Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Cabinet Member for Children and Young People

Cllr Margaret Isherwood

Winning entries will be a part of our wonderful world of learning summer discovery trail for everyone to see why young people love attending their place of learning. Posters will be turned into large banners which will form a summer discovery trail around Wakefield. The poems or raps will be accessed on the banners via a QR code. 

You’ll be able to see and read the writings in the summer when we unveil our ‘Wonderful World of Learning Discovery Trail’. We’ll let you know where and when this will be closer to the date. 

All the winning and runner-up poems, raps and pictures will also be published in a booklet and there are prizes too. They include family swimming tickets and gift vouchers.

Anyone who attends a place of learning whether it be a school, pupil referral unit or home-schooling can enter. A winner and runner-up will be chosen from each of the following age groups. 

•    4-7 year olds
•    8-11 year olds
•    12-16 year olds

The competition is one of the ways in which we are reaching out to children and their families, to show the benefits of education. The district is below the national average when it comes to school attendance rates. 

To tackle this, we published an Attendance Strategy last year which sets out how we will work with our partners to achieve an improvement.  

Young people themselves will be playing a part in this as judges in this competition. The judging panel will consider creativity and originality, and how well the work expresses the theme of what students love about their place of learning. 

The closing date for all entries is 12pm, Friday 8 March 2024. 

For more information about the competition, including how to enter, go to  

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