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small123ICT Competitions Update! As we are rapidly approaching the end of another busy academic year, I thought a timely reminder about the up and coming deadline for our The World Cup themed Animation competition would be appreciated. The entries for this competition should be submitted by Tuesday 15 July 2014.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of the many schools, listed below, who have taken part in our competitions during this, our first competition year:

  •  Stonesfield Primary School
  • Burford Primary School
  • Sunningwell C of E Primary School
  • Aston and Cote C of E Primary School
  • Clanfield C of E Primary School
  • St Mary and St John CE Primary School
  • Woodstock CE Primary School
  • St Ebbe’s CE (Aided) Primary School
  • St Michael’s CE Primary School, Marston Road, Oxford
  • St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Bicester
  • St Barnabas Primary School
  • Bladon C of E Primary School
  • Rush Common Primary School
  • St Blaise CE Primary School
  • Thameside Primary School
  • Kingham Primary School

Although the standard evident in all of the 80 entries we received for our first four competitions has been absolutely astounding, it has to be stated that both the quantity and quality of the writing of the E-Book submissions earlier this year was truly amazing. It wonderfully illustrated how using technology to create writing in this way can really fire the imagination of children. Furthermore, it has also been really gratifying to witness so many imaginative entries from boys, who, it is often suggested, can possess a lack of enthusiasm for writing.

In addition, we were also really impressed by the level of coding expertise displayed in the recent create a digital game using Scratch competition. Undoubtedly the majority of the games were all remixes; however, to understand and work out which parts to change in an existing program takes a good level of understanding and, I am of the opinion that the sheer number and complexity of the entries submitted show that this was a very worthwhile competition indeed.

Whilst all of the competitions are designed to complement the computing curriculum and provide the entrants the opportunity to practise their computing skills, there can be little doubt that a great deal of time and effort has gone into the submissions. Therefore, a big thank you must go to all of the children who have taken part and to all of the school staff for supporting them and making it happen.

Over the summer, we will be putting together our list of competitions for the next academic year and I invite you to submit any input you feel would help us in compiling the list. How you have found our first year? Did your school take part? Was the content of this year’s competitions about right for your school, or would you like to see any other topics in the list for next year? If your school did not take part this year, what would you like to see in our offerings to tempt you to enter next year? Please e-mail me at competitions@123ict.co.uk with any points you would like to be considered before we fix the competitions for next year. All of this year’s competition submissions can be seen on our competitions page at  https://www.123ict.co.uk/ict-resources/competitions/

Once more, many thanks for your support during our first year’s competitions; it is greatly appreciated. I wish you all an enjoyable summer break.

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