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foreword When members of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham came up with the idea of running a film awards about gratitude – we were excited but had no idea what the response would be. We had hopes and dreams. We hoped that we would get films from across the country that showcased what young people were thankful for in their lives, and we dreamt that we would be able to show the best of the films on big screens across Britain. Our hopes and dreams were realised.

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Why focus on gratitude? At the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values we are interested in what people are thankful for, what makes them thankful, and how saying thank you changes the way people think about the world around us. We wanted young people in schools to stop and actually think about what it means to be thankful. We all say thank you all the time, but how often do we stop and think about what we are saying and if we really mean it? By making a film, that took time, planning, thought and in many cases collaboration – we hoped the young people involved would really think about what it means to be thankful. It was clear by the excitement on the faces of the young people who attended the memorable events held in London, Glasgow and Birmingham that they had enjoyed taking part in the Awards. Watching the films on the big screens during the awards ceremonies it was also clear that young people in Britain really understand what it means to be grateful and why gratitude is such an important character quality. We hope this magazine gives others, who were unable to attend the events, a glimpse into the amazing achievements of the young people who took a part in the inaugural Thank You Film Awards.

Tom Harrison Deputy Director (Development) Jubilee Centre for Character and Values

The Thank You Film Awards invites young people aged 5 to 16 to make a film based on the theme of ‘Thank You’. Through the project, young people have the opportunity to explore the concept of gratitude and to thoughtfully consider who and what they are grateful for in their lives.

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The entries submitted showcased the huge range of people and experiences that young people are grateful for. These included: • Thank you for the little things that friends do every day to make life better • Thank you to parents and family for the consistent care and love they provide • Thank you to volunteers for all the hours they devote to helping others • Thank you to historic leaders for shaping our modern world • Thank you to authors, producers and artists who shape the cultural landscape and make entertainment for us all! • Thank you to all the support staff in a school who don’t usually receive explicit thanks • Thank you for past experiences, good and bad, for making a person who they are today

The Thank You Film Awards are run by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham. Find out more about the Centre here: www.jubileecentre.ac.uk

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The response to the Awards was fantastic. 100s of films were submitted from individuals, schools and organisations from Cornwall to Inverness. However, what really surprised the Centre’s team was not the quantity of entries but the quality. The imagination and time that had clearly been put into making them was beyond our expectations. The focus of the awards was gratitude and the themes of the submitted films were varied. We had films entered about teachers, family members and local heroes in the community. We had films about charities, volunteers and people who had made a difference. We had films about famous people in history or the media and we had some intensely personal films submitted by people who wanted to say thank you to those who helped them when life was difficult.

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Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, Thursday 13th June 2013 Awards presented by BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart was the special guest presenter for the evening. Phil presents a specialist music show four days a week. Music has been a passion for Phil from a young age and whilst studying at the University of Ulster, he scooped the BBC/Skillset Young Broadcaster of the year award. Phil presented BBC Radio Ulster’s Across the Line programme in 2010. Since then Phil has been the voice of BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland, showcasing the best new music in Northern Ireland; and he has been a regular stand in presenter for BBC Radio 1 DJs.

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Nico Roskilly-Pugliese Kehelland School Primary “In this film I am saying thank you to Martin Luther-King who was very important in stopping black segregation around the world. I feel very strongly about racism and I think that if your skin is a different colour that doesn’t mean anything about your personality or who you are. It makes me feel glad to make this film because not all people know how serious racism is and how affecting it was to black people’s lives.” WATCH THE VIDEO

“We wanted to make a short film that would inspire and motivate young people who have very little self-belief and who are joining gangs and adopting that negative life-style. This project has been a life changing experience – one that we will always be grateful for and one that has shaped how we see gratitude.” WATCH THE VIDEO

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Toby Netysy, Ben Warner, Nathan Lowe, Laurie Day, Elliot Kennedy - Henry Box School Elizabeth Ogunwomoju, Ore Adelulu, Sheknah Dogbatse & Rochelle Adjayu - Harris Academy Bermondsey Samira Elboury & Umaymah Barnett - Harris Academy Bermondsey

Year 6, Oliver House School

Sadia Ferdous - St Paul’s Way

We made this film to tell everybody that it’s good to say thank you whatever the matter. It made us realise that we are grateful for a whole lot more than we thought. We do say thank you more because it not only makes us feel good but others feel good as well.

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Chloe Yates, Lauren Coumbe & Thomas Fogg - Kehelland Primary School Naima Jewish Preparatory School RPS Film Club, Rotherhithe Primary School Year 5, Oliver House School

It’s one of the best feelings ever to know that you have someone that cares enough to tell you that. Sardia Ferdous St Paul’s Way Trust School

We say thank you more because we know that it is more important than it seems. Oliver House, Year 5

I’m now more aware of...how much I should be grateful for who I am. Chloe Yates, Kehelland Village School

I really don’t know if there’s an adequate way to quantify the positive impact the experience has had on our children. Rotherhithe Primary School

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“I made this film because I have been involved in Guiding for about 10 years and have had a great time in meetings and when away as a group. I know how hard Guide leaders work to ensure all members have a great time and also learn lots. Guiding has made me more confident whilst learning new skills and I think all the leaders and volunteers deserve a very big thank you. It’s great to say thank you to show your appreciation to what others do.”

Ahmed Al-Mahmud, Sufian Rahman Azadi, Nahid Ahmed, Shajahan Ahmed, Arif Hussain, Ishmael Qayyum, Nayem Chowdhury - Swanlea School

We decided to say thank you to some of the people who have helped us as a humanity throughout history. Year 8, Henry Box School

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Secondary Schools

rUNNERS UP Winners .................................... .................................... Bethany Williams

This was REAL education and something that I know that has enriched the lives of all those that took part.

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BIRMINGHAM AWARDs CEREMONY

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Electric Cinema, Thursday 27th June 2013 Awards presented by Simeon Moore, star of award winning film, One Mile Away

rUNNERS UP Winners .................................... .................................... Felicity Dungey North East Wolverhampton “It’s weird to say thank you to a character from a show but it gives you an idea of what you would be thankful for if he was real. I say thank you a lot anyway but this project makes me appreciate the small things” WATCH THE VIDEO

pRIMARY sCHOOLS

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It makes us joyful to say thank you. We have started to say thank you more.

“We made this film to say thank you to all the people who help us at school. We are a very multi-cultural and multi-national school and thought it would be nice to show this in our film. Its helps us on a daily basis as we get to be aware of people from all different countries and walks of life.”

Year 1, Holy Cross Primary School “The film aims to show how we often go through life without stopping and being appreciative of the world we have around us. We now reflect every day during meditation about what we should be thankful for. “

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Rean Parchment, Tyler Wright, Xantaine Campbell, Alliyah Wiggins - Perry Beeches II School. Class NHS 5 - Harrogate Grammar School. Class NHS 7 - Harrogate Grammar School. Zach Tong - Queen Elizabeth Grammar School. 1st Henlann Guides

Highters Heath Community School St Edward’s Primary School Year 2, St Luke’s C of E Primary School

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While making this movie we have realised how it’s important to thank people and that it makes you feel warm and happy when you have said those 2 words. Perry Beeches School

Other people do not have their health and we wanted to say thank you to the charities that help them. It makes us really happy that we have done a good deed. St Edward’s Primary School

Mrs Denney has helped us grow in confidence and has helped teach young girls their rights for over 30 years. She works so hard to help youngsters grow as individuals yet learn how to work in a group at the same time. She does this and receives little thanks. That is why we dedicated this video to her. 1st Henlann Guides

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“We thought this would give us the perfect opportunity to reflect on the important people in our lives, the roles they play and show how grateful we are towards them. In our busy lives we don’t always get to appreciate and say thank you to the people we value, therefore we thought this film would help us to do so. After completing the film we set up screenings at school to share our thoughts within our community.”

Options Group, Upper School Calthorpe Special School

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Drama Club Anderton Park Primary School

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North East Wolverhampton Academy

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Simeon Moore ( aka Zimbo ), one of the stars of Birmingham film, One Mile Away, spoke at the awards. One Mile Away follows the struggles of two warring gangs in inner city Birmingham in their attempt to bring peace to their neighbourhoods. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Penny Woolcock, One Mile Away won the prize for best film at Edinburgh Film Festival in 2012. Simeon believes that film can be a powerful medium for bringing about change in communities.

It was an amazing evening and I would like to say a big Thank You for the opportunity it gave our students. I am already excited about next year’s competition!

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glasgowAWARDs CEREMONY

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in partnership with Character Scotland

Glasgow City Chamber, Tuesday 18th June 2013 Awards presented by Olympic Gold Medallist, Katherine Grainger Olympic gold medallist Katherine Grainger presented the awards along with former Chairman of the British Olympic Association, Craig Reedie and Character Scotland’s CEO David Lorimer. In 2012 Katherine won the Olympic Gold medal alongside teammate Anna Watkins in the Double Sculls in London. She is Britain’s most successful female rower and the only female athlete – in any sport – to gain medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. Katherine was appointed Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to rowing which was announced in the 2013 New Year’s Honours.

Daniel Alexander, Grove Academy

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Secondary Schools

Paul Patterson, Gabrielle Edwards, Ciara Adams Inverurie Academy

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We made this film because we wanted to stress the fact that it doesn’t matter what religion, beliefs or opinions you have, everyone is thankful for something or someone different. This changed the way we act now, because it taught us that gratitude has an important impact on people’s lives so we can judge people slightly less for liking different things, and we can now say thank you more often as we know how much of an impact saying thank you can have. Niamh Shiel, Grove Academy

Erin Nicoll, Grove AcAdemy

We said thank you to all these wonderful people because they save lives and do good deeds on a daily basis and they don’t get thanked enough. If we didn’t have this group of caring individuals we would find that many people would no longer be alive. Karis Armour and Rebecca Grant Elgin High School

We chose to say thank you to Mahatma Gandhi, we chose to tell this story because Gandhi really inspires us and we are really thankful to him. It makes us feel happy to say thank you to him as he is a character we are very thankful for. It has taught us to appreciate more what people do for us. Chelsey McQuillan, Grove Academy

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Secondary Hyndland

We created this film because we wanted to show our gratitude to the people who helped us as we grew up and still continue to help us now. We also wanted to show our appreciation to those who helped shape the world we live in. Saying thank you can feel liberating, not just to us saying thank you, but to the person we’re saying thank you to. Since making this video we have realised that we should say thank you more than we do and have tried to say thank you more often.

Winners uss Marnie R ains Rachel M

In my film I have interviews with four of my friends. I asked them what they were thankful for and videoed their answer that were then put into the film. I think after making this film I have been more aware of whom I am thankful for and have definitely thought about it more.

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Alex McNair Scott Tamar, Tobi & Connie Loretta Frimpong Stacie Bailey Amy Gould & Hao-Jing Teng Kyla, Gift, Iqra, Nadine, Hannah & Rebecca Georgie Cottrell Kaneda Hoang-Vuong & Unmu-Hawa Sahid Jallah Shantay & Oluwakemi Muge, Khalia, Bolu & Munirot Michelle Amvah & Ayah Belal Natasha, Oyindi, Ibukun, Nali & Temialay Class 7AMB Class NHS2 Alicia Symes & Maria Kenefick Kate Phillips Georgina Teague, Grace Adamson, Selina Ashlee, Ellie Harness Kent, Marcus, Emmanuel, Carna, Ella Nathaniel Hanson Noah Hanson Chloe Pinnock Matthew Harvey Rebecca Hardware and Chelsea Davis Steven Corsfield Alvaro, Anna, John, Maia, Maja, Tommy, William Oscar, Jake, Teo, Carlos, Alex, Nicholas Isabella, Amy, Maisie, Dione and Eva Joseph, Jack, Sam, Jimmy, Stuart and James Evie Sadler, Amelia Elvins, Annie Round, Sophie Ward, Emily Heron, Beanie Baker, Sophie Bown Nathan Cresswell, Harry Zona, Brad Keeling, Tom Dixon, Oliver Reed, Alexander Cranstone, Dan Morton

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Albert Bradbeer School Harris Academy Bermondsey Harrogate Grammar School

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TThe films were assessed by an independent judging panel of experts in the fields of education or film (panel listed below). The judging panel assessed films on the levels of gratitude expressed.

Lyndhurst Primary School North East Wolverhampton Academy

Oliver House School Queen Elizabeth Grammar School

James O’Shaughnessy, education consultant James May, film maker, smudgethis.com Dan Lawson, film producer Carrie Winstanley, education academic

St Andrew’s Junior School Art Club Year 4 and Reception St Edward’s Catholic Primary School Megan D, Aleeyah, Megan A, Jakayla St Luke’s C.E. Primary School Zion, Joshua, Adam Nathan Topcliffe Primary School Divine, Will, Ava, Joe Kyle, Kadie, Preston, James, Skye Oliver, Leo, Georgia, John Paul, Rogan Year 5 Walmley Junior School Alexandra, Erin & Sarah Elgin High School Megan McKenzie, Nicola Barclay, Victoria MacDonald, Grove Academy Chelsey McQuillan, Chloe Mills Rebecca Arthur, Niamh Shiel, Elise Stone Thomas McCourt, Finlay Davidson, Georgia Smith

jUBILEE cENTRE for character and values The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values is a pioneering interdisciplinary research centre focussing on character, virtues and values in the interest of human flourishing, based at the University of Birmingham. The Centre promotes a moral concept of character in order to explore the importance of virtue for public and professional life. The Centre is a leading informant on policy and practice in this area and through its extensive range of projects contributes to a renewal of character and values in both individuals and societies.

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Thank you to the following for entering the Thank You Film Awards in 2013

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It could be …

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Y A S NK A H T U O Y

SAY THANK YOU

Say thank you, make a film, and see it on the big screen! Is there a person, a group or an organisation that has really inspired you? Have they made your life better or improved your local community? Have they changed Britain or had a big impact on the world? If you could thank them, what would you say?

We are inviting young people between the ages of 5 and 16 to create a short film to say thank you to a person, organisation or group who have made life better in some way.

The story of a local hero – contemporary or historical. How did they contribute to the fabric of the town or local area, and why does that inspire gratitude? A recording of a class or group doing something practical for someone who doesn’t usually receive explicit thanks, for example working in the garden of someone who does lots of great work in the community! A filmed thank you letter to someone historical or contemporary. It could be to Tim Berners –Lee for inventing the World Wide Web, or to Emmeline Pankhurst for leading the fight for women’s right to vote.

The Thank You Film Awards 2014 is now open for entries!

Closing date for submission of films is 31st March 2014. If your film is shortlisted you will be invited to an award ceremony in London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow, where you will get the chance to win prizes and to see your film on the big screen!

GET INVOLVED … Selected films will be hosted on the Jubilee Centre website. Researchers will be looking at the content of the films and the text provided by the entrants to explore what gratitude means to young people, and how practicing gratitude affects their behaviour and daily life. If you would like to get involved or find out any more information please contact us at: thankyouawards@contacts.bham.ac.uk or call 0121 414 4803 Entry Form found online also: http://www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/456/projects/development-projects/thank-you-film-awards

DO’S & DON’TS An information pack and a ‘Dos and Don’ts’ video to help you to make your film can be found on our webpage www.jubileecentre.ac.uk/thankyouawards

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For more information please contact: Aidan Thompson, Centre Manager, Jubilee Centre for Character and Values a.p.thompson@bham.ac.uk 0121 414 3602 This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation


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