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In My Life: A Judge’s Blog

Diaries are an important part of maintaining our wellbeing as they allow us to release our feelings (and vent if necessary) but also to be creative with how we choose to record our emotions and the events of our life.  When developing the In My Life competition, we purposely kept the prompt quite loose; we didn’t want to be too prescriptive and put a lid on pupil’s creativity.  We wanted pupils to have an opportunity to respond in a variety of different ways and to use their own imagination in how they approached the task. Did this happen? Definitely… here’s a little peek at the breadth of styles demonstrated in the entries we received.

In My Life entries from Jennifer Holder on Vimeo.

We received diaries written in role as characters from literature (from Monsieur Poirot to Katniss Everdeen) and pop culture, historical diaries that gave us a glimpse of what it may have been like to be on the Titanic, Sci-Fi diaries that took us up into space, reflective poems and art work and even personal diaries filled with photos and stickers.

The judging of this competition was tough… and not just because it meant that we had to read French (see above video)!  The standard of entries was incredibly high which made it really tricky to choose winners.  However, it also showed just how much talent we have here in Liverpool.  We’d like to say a huge thank you to the children of Liverpool for sharing their wonderful work with us.  You made us laugh, cry, think and even scared us!

What’s that I hear you ask… the winners? Well, you’ll have to wait for tomorrow’s blog to see examples of their work!