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A new venture for
the Kipling Society
The first object of the Society is to promote the reading and appreciation of Kipling's works, so we are keen to do all possible to encourage an interest in his stories and poems among the younger generation.
Kipling is one of the world's great writers for young people, with the Just So Stories and their accompanying poems for little children, the Jungle Books, which many people have encountered in childhood and never forgotten, and many stories and poems which can be read with profit and pleasure by people of all ages.
We have established the John Slater Memorial prize for Sixth-forms, but we feel it will be well worthwhile to do more to reach younger children, and encourage and support Kipling-related activity in their classrooms and outside them. To help make this happen we are keen to establish a network of interested teachers so that we can be guided by their experience, hence this web-site.
Update - January 2018
The John Slater Competition 2018
This is a creative writing prize for children who will be in Year 5 from September 2017 to July 2018, run by The Kipling Society.
It is for an original story of roughly 500 words inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s stories for children. the Just So Stories will provide the basis for the inspiration.
The 1st prize will be £50 of book tokens for the winning child and £150 or its value in books or book tokens for the child’s school. There will be 2nd and 3rd prizes of lower value. A £10 book token will be given for the winning entry from each school.
Opening date for submissions: 20 February 2018
Closing date for submissions: 25 March 2018
Submission by post
Dr Mary Hamer,Each individual submission should include the name of the child and the name of the school. If you are posting the submissions please send copies rather than the originals.
We ask each teacher if they will kindly agree to sift the entries from a different school, selecting the top 5 from that batch, with choices forwarded to the Society shortly after the Easter Holidays in April. We hope that is enough time but please do let us know in advance if there are problems with this deadline.
The top two entries from each school will be chosen by members of the Council of the Kipling Society and forwarded to a judge. Previous judges have been the children’s author Ros Asquith and the novelist David Mitchell.
The stories will be judged according to the way in which the story has engaged with Kipling’s writing in order to produce an original piece of work. Specifically, the stories will be judged for
An adult must give permission for the child to enter and we will assume, unless informed otherwise, that if the story is a winner the society will be able to put in on the society website with the child’s name.
Names of winners:
These will be given to teachers by email by the end of May 2018.
The Hamilton Education Trust (https://www.hamilton-trust.org.uk/) has generously given permission for us to give schools special access to their materials for teaching Kipling to year 5. The material on the Just So Stories features in weeks 2 and 3 of the plan (some of the materials focus on The Jungle Book Some of the materials focus on The Jungle Book which is not relevant for this year’s prize).
The Kipling Society website (http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/) and the New Readers’ guide to the Just So Stories (http://www.kiplingsociety.co.uk/bookmart_fra.htm) may also stimulate ideas.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Angela Eyre (firstname.lastname@example.org) directly, if you have further questions.
Angela Eyre writes: When the Society first started thinking about a creative writing prize for primary school children we were delighted to discover that children in Prettygate Junior School in Colchester had already been using the Just So Stories as inspiration to write their own.
Nathan Crame, Deputy Head of Prettygate, writes:
In Year 5 last year (2014), we planned to teach a unit of work, as per the new National Curriculum, to cover Classic Fiction. We found the Trust plans and resources for teaching classic fiction through the work of Rudyard Kipling to be engaging, interesting, challenging and ultimately fulfilling.Prettygate School have very kindly agreed to let us put some of these stories up on this site. We think they are great and that Kipling would have thoroughly approved.
Just So Stories
for Little Children, September 1902
The prizewinning tales, 2018
Children’s author Lee Weatherly announces the winners of ‘Writing with Kipling’ in 2018, and explains why the prize-winning stories stood out:
"How the Arctic Fox got its Changing Fur" by Alice Eyre of Prettygate School, Colchester, won First Prize for its ‘fresh, witty dialogue and ‘the way the characters truly came to life’.Language poverty is the new threat to our childre, as Laura Freeman wrote recently in The Spectator. This competition uses Kipling’s stories to get children reading and writing for pleasure as they join in with a famous writer.
Prizewinning tale, 2017
Prizewinning Tales, July 2016
Tales from Prettygate Junior School, 2014
More possibilities for this site ?
We will be most interested to have your involvement in a project that we feel will be an important new departure for the Kipling Society.
Angela Eyre (email@example.com), John Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org), and John Radcliffe (email@example.com)
'Writing with Kipling' competition, 2016
In 2016 we held our first "Writing with Kipling" competition, as a pilot project. Five schools and 116 children took part, writing 500-word stories inspired by the Just So Stories. Year 5 children (9 and 10-year olds) spent three weeks studying Kipling, helped by material from the Hamilton Educaion Trust. The prize-money came from the Slater Memorial Fund. All he children who took part reeived a certificate, and the winning entry "How the Baboon Got his Bottom" was awarded £50 in book tokens; the school received £150 to spend on books. The top ten entries are on display at Bateman's.
We were delighted with the quality of the stories, as was Ros Asquith, the children's author, who judged the competition. Teachers too were enthusiastic, and particularly valued this opportunity for encouraging creativity and imagination. We hope to find a manageable way of continuing in future years, perhaps on a larger scale.
If you are a teacher, now or in the past, or simply if you have any thoughts to contribute and are interested in helping move these ideas forward, we will be very glad to hear from you.
To help build this web-site we are very interested to know what you see as the most important stories and poems you feel should be of interest to children: at Secondary level and in Primary schools. Also what type of material distributed through this site would be most useful .
Mary Hamer writes: Arising from the Email Newsletter, Volodymyr Chernyshenko in Kyiv has got some children to write their own Just So Stories and he has translated them himself. We plan to treat these as a separate category when judging. He also sent a delightful picture of himself and class acting out "The Elephant's Child".
The Just So poems
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