A pupil from Sheffield has been named as a winner in the 2015 Arts and Minds competition organised by the NASUWT teachers’ union.
Arts and Minds is an annual, UK-wide competition aimed at promoting race equality and diversity in schools. Children and young people from primary, secondary and special schools are judged in the categories of art and creative writing.
Chloe Howieson, a year 5 pupil at Ashdell Preparatory School in Sheffield was chosen as a winner of the primary artwork category for her piece: “I See Friends United”.
Chloe collected her prize at a national awards ceremony in the St James’ Court Hotel, London.
Chris Keates, General Secretary of the NASUWT, said: “Congratulations to Chloe, who clearly worked very hard to achieve her success. Every entry was highly creative and clever in its interpretation of the messaging behind the competition, so the judges had great difficulty in choosing the winners.
“The quality of entries is a credit to the skills and abilities of the pupils and their teachers and support staff.”
The Arts and Minds competition was created by the NASUWT as an effective and enjoyable way of promoting and celebrating cultural diversity.
Many schools and pupils participate to help make the competition a great success.
Pupils of all ages can enter the competition which is divided into early years, primary, secondary and special school sectors. Within each sector there are separate creative writing and art categories with individual and group prizes being awarded in each. Each winning school receives £350 per category and every winning child receives a gift voucher.
This year was the twelfth in succession that the competition has taken place to celebrate teachers’ and pupils’ artistic and creative writing skills as a powerful way of promoting discussion and debate among young people about important social and ethical issues.