The annual Love Reaches Out
art and writing competition is running from Monday May 2 to Friday August 26. The theme for this year is 'Love in Action', challenging children to consider how we can tangibly show love to others in our daily lives. The competition is an annual joint project of Kids Friendly and Presbyterian Support and comes with prizes! The competition is open to children in pre-school through to year 8. Entries may be visual arts or writing and will be judged within age groups.
Art may be submitted as an individual or group project.
This year Kids Friendly have written a curriculum
to accompany the competition with each topic focussing on scripture to support the 'cause' that is being explored, then a New Zealand charity that does work in that area (each has Christian foundations if not a current Christian ethos). There is then a challenge time to plan something that the children might do on their own with community, school or family-based activities suggested as a springboard.
Lesson themes and highlighted 'causes':
-Caring for God’s Creation (A Rocha)
-Caring for God’s Creatures (SPCA)
-Caring for “Outsiders” (Salvation Army)
-Caring for the Differently-Abled (Elevate)
-An intergenerational celebration of “Love in Action” (where the entire school can benefit from what classes have been learning.)
The curriculum comes with suggestions for exploring these topics in both Chapel and the classroom and has a wealth of resources in the Appendices for each topic.
Kids Friendly have many resources on their web-site
which will be of use for those of you working with Year 0-8 students. Have a look at their Favourite Finds
page. There are some great ideas there, 'Storyline Online' and 'Picture Book Theology' are two of the most recent finds which are well worth a look.
A brand new resource which could be of use for those of you who celebrate communion in your schools is a communion resource for children
which explains the meaning and symbolism of the sacrament within the Reformed tradition. The link will take you to a Word version of the booklet which you can adjust to fit your own context.