The HeadStart Mascot Competition Judging and Celebration Event

To mark Mental Health Awareness Month, the HeadStart Schools Team have been running a competition for pupils in HeadStart primary schools to design a new mascot to be used to brand HeadStart activities for primary-age children. Pupils had to design a mascot, and explain how their design reflects the aims of HeadStart in improving the emotional well-being and resilience of young people.

The competition received over 130 entries, and yesterday we brought together children from some of the schools that had participated to a celebration and judging event at one of our HeadStart secondary schools, Moreton Community School.

Pupils from the following schools were able to attend:

  • Bushbury Hill Primary
  • Bantock Primary
  • Trinity CE Primary
  • SS Mary and St. John's Catholic Primary Academy
  • Bilston CE Primary

During the day, the children participated in a wide range of interactive activities, including drama, role-play, and team building games. Activities were led by Dave Hill from Sumo, and members of the wonderful HeadStart Schools Team. We were also pleased to be joined by Felicity from The Big Lottery Fund, and Councillor Claire Darke.

Great feedback!

Great feedback!

During the day, the children also met with the competition judges, to whom they had to explain their design, and how it met the brief of reflecting what HeadStart is all about.

Following a very difficult judging process, our judges - Kevin Pace (Head of Service, HeadStart), Gavin Hawkins (Head of the Learning Technologies Team), Howard Jobber (Public Health) and Tess Radcliffe (Wolverhampton Art Gallery) - chose Maruta's entry from Trinity CE Primary School. Maruta explained eloquently that her entry, called Resifibi, is the perfect mascot because she:

  • Is a hiker, who has stumbled many times trying to get to the top of the mountain.
  • She never, ever gives up. She is very resilient!
  • She learns from her mistakes
Resifibi - the winning entry!

Resifibi - the winning entry!

The day was a great success, with some wonderful feedback from the young people and teachers who attended.

Many thanks to everyone who participated in the competition with us!

Some of the other fantastic entries