HIGH HAZELS ACADEMY WINS AWARD AT FINALS OF NATIONAL IDEAS COMPETITION
~Pupils present ‘world-changing’ idea to judges as part of UnitedIDEAS~
High Hazels Academy were amongst the winners at last week’s finals of national competition UnitedIDEAS.
UnitedIDEAS is hosted by United Learning for its primary schools around the country and is run in partnership with 7billionideas. The competition challenges children to come up with world-changing ideas in response to issues they recognise in their local communities – or globally.
Since October, when the competition was launched through a series of roadshow events, teams of pupils from across the country have been busy developing their ideas. 30 of the Group’s schools, including Sheffield based High Hazels, put forward their most engaging idea, which they had to explain through an exciting video submission. These were judged by a panel of representatives from United Learning and 7billionideas, ahead of the finals events.
On the day of the finals, held at IBM’s Warwick offices, the High Hazels team joined the other finalists in setting up a special exhibition stall, using posters and props to explain their idea. They then had to present to other schools, as well as the judges, convincing them that their idea had the potential to make a genuine difference to the world.
Alongside this, pupils also enjoyed a host of activities designed to build confidence in public speaking and practice teamwork, such as a spaghetti and marshmallow tower building competition!
The competition was fiercely fought and all pupils presented brilliant ideas, but the judges eventually had to narrow these down to choose three overall winners, with High Hazels Academy receiving the ‘Best Model’ award.
Commenting on their success, High Hazels Academy Headteacher Mrs Asma Maqsood-Shah said:
“We’re delighted to have been part of such a fantastic initiative. Not only has it helped to get our children thinking creatively, but it has also been a great opportunity for them to meet children from other schools across the United Learning group.”
Darran Ellison-Lee, Primary Director at United Learning, said of the competition:
“The proposals that pupils came up with were thoughtful and inspiring, demonstrating an interest in and understanding of issues that impact on our society – from pollution to homelessness. I would like to congratulate every pupil that took part this year, with particular praise for those that made the finals.”