Student Media Competition 2017-18

Student Activity

It has been decided that following the successful Student Photographic Competition last year, we organise a slightly different competition this year that allows more students to ‘showcase’ their talents. Consequently, this year our competition will be media focused and as a result gives students the opportunity to express their responses to this year’s chosen theme. Previously the quality of the photographic images were excellent with members of the public commenting that they were inspired by the work of our young people and I’m sure that this will also be the case this year.

The Activity

Schools will be invited to submit four entries, and there will be two categories for judging the best work. That will be from students in Years 7 to 9, and the other for older students in Years 10 to 11 or 13 if the school/college has a sixth form (entries limited to two from each category). There will be prizes for those judged to be in the top three for each category. It is up to schools to determine how they decide what pieces of work are submitted, but this could feasibly take the form of a house/year competition that captures the imagination of a number of students, or could be subject specific e.g. RE, Art or another subject that would like to approach this from their curriculum perspective.


‘Scripture and/or Song’

Schools can choose any form of media to represent the school’s ‘entry’ and this should be accompanied by some descriptive text not exceeding 150 words that gives a context and meaning to the form of media being submitted. If it is dance, drama, ‘film’, etc., the entry should be submitted via film with the length of time not exceeding more than 10 minutes.

If the media being submitted is a photograph or painting then the minimum size of the submitted piece of work should be 50 by 50 cm and a maximum of 70 by 70 cm. For presentation purposes each photograph or painting should be mounted and framed, and be easy to hang in the areas we use to display our work. Therefore, the frame will be around 80 x 80 cm maximum. Each piece of work should also contain the name of the student, Year Group and name of the school or college. (Please remember to submit the text at the time of collection of entries.)

The Venue

The venue for this year’s exhibition will be dependent on the submissions from schools. It may be that we have a venue where we can host performance, but this will be decided when we ask for schools to give us their entries and, more importantly, the particular media that is being submitted to represent their school in the competition. Last year we used St George’s Hall and this was well received by all those who visited the venue to view the submitted entries.

Press Coverage

Local media companies, in particular local newspapers, will be contacted within our school areas so that we are able to raise the profile of some of the work that is taking place within our schools. The press office of the Archdiocese will also be approached to support this event.