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public THE Birmingham Mail, in l association with The Pallasades Shopping Centre, is delighted to launch the Schools Awards for the third year running.

We are now welcoming your entries for 2010.

The Schools Awards 2010 will recognise and reward the fantastic achievements being made by our schools across the Midlands.

They cover both community and curriculum based projects, as well as individual excellence, and will honour whole schools, classes and individuals.

Our aim is to bring greater public awareness to the first class work that is going on in schools right across the West Midlands.

There are eight award categories in total including a School of the Year Award. All entries and nominations will then be judged individually for each category. Eventually the judges will shortlist two or three schools/individuals for each award category who will be invited to attend the Schools Awards luncheon ceremony to be held on Friday, December 10.

This prestigious luncheon and awards ceremony will be held at Thinktank which is Birmingham's award-winning science museum, a truly modern museum offering ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactive exhibits, fascinating futuristic facts as well as a brand new state-of-the-art digital Planetarium.

The award winners will receive a glass trophy and a bursary towards their school. The runners-up will also receive a small bursary and a framed certificate.

The award categories are as follows: PROJECT AWARDS These awards are for projects that are to be carried out within the school, its grounds or the local community. The projects can either be ongoing or an idea for the coming academic year. They can be carried out by a class, project or year group or even the whole school.

ANTI-BULLYING CAMPAP IGN AWAW RD - This award is supported by the Birmingham Mail Open to all schools that have an active policy against bullying. The Birmingham Mail is celebrating six l years of its award-winning Speak Out Stop Bullying campaign, in association with Childline, and would like to honour schools that are stamping out and not tolerating bullying.

This award is for a school which is raising awareness of bullying and encouraging children, parents, staff and other community members to talk about the issue.

The Birmingham Mail is hoping l to encourage children and adults to Speak Out Stop Bullying and this award aims to support and highlight this.

BEST SCHOOL NEWSPAP PER OR SCHOOL WEBSITE AWAAW RD - This award is supported by birminghammail.net Open to all schools that have produced d d /b a newspaper/website in 2009/10. To qualify, schools must produce a publication/website that contains relevant news for their audience.

GO GREEN SCHOOL AWAW RD - This award is supported by Legal and General For this category, the judges will be looking for how the whole school has made or is making changes to become more sustainable.

These might be changes made by the efforts of one class, the whole school or an eco-committee. We would like to see how you have d d managed to raise awareness and instigate changes within the school, for example, using poster campaigns, research, setting up ecocommittees, class environmental champions, etc. Areas to be considered are, water and energy conservation,walkingbuses/transport, recycling, etc.

HEALTHY LIVING AWAW RD - This award is supported by Thinktank For a class or whole school who makes it a priority to have healthy lifestyles.

This could be by exercising more, drinking more water, eating healthy foods or growing vegetables to use in the kitchen.

We would like to see how you have managed to raise awareness and instigate changes within the school, for example, using poster campaigns, trying a new activity/ food session, water being readily available throughout the day, setting up buddy systems, etc.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS These awards recognise the individuals within schools who have really made a difference to the pupils.

This may be inspirational teachers who make learning exciting and relevant.

They may be classroom assistants, support or admin staff or caretakers who make a difference to the children and their school through their enthusiasm and commitment.

Or maybe it is a Head teacher, whose guidance and leadership has helped create a dynamic learning environment where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their full potential.

INSPIRATIA ONAL TEACHER - This award is supported by Kingsmill For a teacher in a nursery, first or primary school that goes the extra mile to give children the best start in their education. Or it could be a teacher in a middle, high or secondary school who goes above and beyond the call of duty to get the best out of their children, regardless of ability.

HEAD TEACHER OF THE YEAR - This award is supported by Print Design Team T For an outstanding school leader, whose guidance and leadership has helped create a dynamic learning environment, where the pupils are happy and encouraged to reach their full potential.

SCHOOL SUPPORT STAFFT OF THE YEAR - This award is supported by Drayton Manor Theme Park This award is for any member of non-teaching school staff, who play a vital role in the running of the school and the happiness and security of the children.

It may be a caretaker whose dedication makes them an invaluable member of the school community. Or maybe a teaching assistant or any other member of support or administrative staff who makes a real difference to individual children, classes or the whole school.

Perhaps you would like to nominate your child's lunchtime supervisor who has been instrumental in their schooldays THE PALLASADES SCHOOL OF THE YEAR AWARD One of our shortlisted schools will be crowned the School of the Year 2010. This is a prestigious award which is awarded to the school that the judges feel has an outstanding approach to all aspects of school life and the curriculum. The winning school will receive a special trophy and framed certificate.

This award is supported by our headline sponsors, the Pallasades Shopping Centre, who are sponsoring the schools awards for the third year running.

HOW TO NOMINATE Nominations can come from schools, parents, staff, local community members, governors, etc. To make a nomination for any of the categories: Please complete the form printed here and send back to: Becky Wilson, Schools Awards, Marketing Department, BPM Media, Floor 6, Fort Dunlop, Fort Parkway, Birmingham, B24 9FF or email the details to schoolsawards@mrn.co.uk stating the category that you are entering in the subject line. Alternatively, please log on to www.birminghammail.net where you can enter on-line.

CLOSING DATE: Friday, November 10, 2010.

ENTRY RULES The competition is open to all schools, their staff and pupils across the Midlands region. Standard Birmingham Mail competition rules l apply. If entering more than one category, these should be on separate entry forms with separate additional supporting material. Additional entry forms can be found on www.birminghammail.net. Each category will be judged by a chosen judging panel and the judges' decision is final. Shortlists for each category will be announced in the Birmingham Mail and the winners will be announced at a special Awards ceremony and luncheon at Thinktank on December 10. The number of shortlisted schools will depend on the amount of entries received and the quality of these entries. We welcome entries from applicants from previous years.

OUR SAY: PAGE 14 THE GREAT PRIZES ON OFFER PROJECT AWAAW RDS - pounds 400 bursary and a special trophy will be awarded to the winner of each category.

- pounds 200 bursary and a framed certificate will be awarded to one or two runners up in each category.

INDIVIDUAL AWAA W RDS - pounds 250 for the school and a special trophy will be awarded to the winner of each category - pounds 150 for the school and a framed certificate will be awarded to one or two runners up in each category.

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Jumping for joy: Head teacher Lin Reilly with pupils at Kings Norton Primary School which was successful at the Schools Awards 2009. Picture: Jason Skarratt
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