Heritage is interpreted in its widest sense.
It can include:
people and their social history, traditions and environment;
the 'world of work': agriculture, industry, finance and commerce;
science and technology
religion as well as the cultural and sporting heritage of Wales.
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THE ANNUAL COMPETITION
Each year the Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Committee invites all schools in Wales to enter heritage projects in a nationwide competition. The word "heritage" is interpreted in the widest sense, to include people and their social history, religion, traditions and culture; the world of work, agriculture, industry, finance, commerce, science, technology, arts and sport.
These projects can be part of the usual curriculum-focused work carried out as part of the timetable, or they can reflect work done by the school to commemorate a local event, person or building. The project work undertaken for this competition will address many of the requirements for history in the new Curriculum for Wales. In 2020/2021 special emphasis will be placed on high quality digital outcomes and themes such as women’s history, Wales and the wider world through travel and tourism and the history of sport.
The projects require research, collection of materials, analysis and evaluation and communication skills. They may be presented as exhibitions, performances, restorations and other forms of contribution to heritage, or as records in print or electronic form. Schools are encouraged to disseminate their findings. Assessment of the project will take into account the appropriate level of literacy, numeracy and information technology skills.
At an Awards Ceremony prizes are awarded for the best projects in each category: foundation phase, primary, special, cross-phase, secondary and EUSTORY. The prizes are presented to the winners by the sponsors who donated them. The Welsh Heritage Schools Initiative Shields (donated by National Museums Wales) are presented to the best overall entries. The ceremony is held at a different location in Wales each year.
Details of 2021 Competition
WHSI would like to thank teachers, pupils and schools for supporting the annual competitions and for showing interest in entering the competition in 2021. We recognise the difficulties that next year will bring for educational settings, but we are encouraged by, and grateful for, the interest shown already in continuing to provide heritage education for the benefit of pupils in all settings in Wales, and the determination teachers have expressed in overcoming the current problems. Consequently, we are planning to make the 2021 competition as accessible as possible for schools, bearing in mind the possibly very different nature and extent of school experiences for pupils during this time, and the workload issues for teachers.
We plan to move to a digital format for the competition. This will eliminate the need for a judge to visit your school to see the project and speak to you and your pupils, as was the case previously. You will need to complete an entry form to register your intention to enter the competition, and this will need to be submitted by 31 January 2021. When you register you will receive a link to a submission page on the WHSI website and a password. Please retain this link and the password as you will need them to upload your entry.
Actual entries will take the form of a video of 15 minutes (maximum), up to three additional documents and a short accompanying teacher questionnaire telling WHSI about your project. The final submission date for your project is 30 April 2021. Please note that the video itself is not the project – it should tell the judges about the project, and should include such things as pictures and/ or film of pupils engaging in the project, pictures/ film of the finished outcomes of the project, interviews either on camera or as audio only with pupils talking about their project in their own words. This video entry will be the vehicle for the judges to come to a judgment about the project and should therefore comply with the guidance, so that all the aspects the project will be judged on are covered. Your judge may wish to organise a further remote (Teams/Zoom or other) call to ascertain further information from teacher or pupils. The short questionnaire for teachers to fill in to accompany the video entry will give us extra information from which to judge the entry. Additional supporting material may also be submitted, if needed (see guidance).
Many schools had projects ready to enter for the competition in 2020. These may be entered for the 2021 digital competition – a video will need to be submitted, along with a Teacher Questionnaire, and additional supporting material (if needed). WHSI welcomes projects that are new for 2021, as well.
Prizes range from £100 to £1,000 and are awarded for the best projects in each category.
We are most grateful to our sponsors for their support.
Winners will be announced at our virtual Awards Ceremony on 2 July, 2021.
INDIVIDUAL ENTRIES FROM STUDENTS IN YEARS 12 OR 13
WHSI has always supported older learners in conjunction with EUSTORY, a network of organisations (sponsored by the Körber Foundation) that conduct research-based history competitions for young people in Europe, of which WHSI is a member. This year there will be an opportunity for learners in years 12 or 13 to submit individual work for the WHSI EUSTORY prize
SUMMARIES OF SOME WINNING ENTRIES
Click here to view samples of previous winning entries
Foundation Phase Schools
MAERDY COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL
Primary and Junior Schools
DARRAN PARK PRIMARY SCHOOL
CWMABER JUNIOR SCHOOL
ABERDARE COMMUNITY COMPREHENSIVE
ABERDARE COMMUNITY COMPREHENSIVE