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Thank You Letter Awards

Who are you grateful to? Who inspires, supports and helps you?

Write a Thank You Letter to say 'thank you' and take part in a national competition.

          

The Thank You Letter Awards aim to recognise and reward young people between the ages of 5-16 who have shown gratitude to others in their everyday lives.

How to take part

1. Download the Thank You Letter template (above) and encourage as many students in your school, youth group, after school club as possible to write a Thank You Letter.

(This could be for a class, a year group or your entire school!)

Download or email Mat at m.butcher@bham.ac.uk to receive your FREE letter template.

Then ...

2. Hold a Thank You Letter competition in your school.

Post them to us ...

3. Send us your best 5 Thank You letters to enter in the Thank You Letter Awards - National Competition.

The winners of each category will be invited to an awards ceremony at the House of Lords, 12th July 2017.

Prizes...

4. Receive your prize fund:

Upon receipt of each school's or group's top 5 Thank You Letters, we are able to offer £20 in book vouchers to for each school or group to distribute as they wish.


For more information and to request materials to run this in your school or organisation, please contact Mat Butcher at m.butcher@bham.ac.uk or 0121 414 4846

The Thank You Letter Awards emphasise the role of gratitude in our lives. Write to a person  you are grateful to and reflect on why gratitude is such an important virtue.

Saying ‘thank you’ can make a difference. Gratitude has been proven to have a positive impact in character education and positive psychology. For instance, gratitude can play a positive role in:

See our previous and current research on gratitude below:

 

Read Vicci Hogan's Virtue Insight blog post on 'Rewarding Gratitude in Schools and Ourselves'. 

 

Photos from the 2016 Thank You Letter Awards can be viewed below.

 

 

Thank You Letter Awards 2016

 


Thank You Letter Awards 2016

The Thank You Letter Awards provide young people with the opportunity to write a 'thank you' letter to someone that they are grateful to, who has inspired them, supported or helped them. 

The winners were announced at the Thank You Letter Awards ceremony, held on 11th May 2016 at the University of Birmingham, and were presented with their awards at the Jubilee Youth Awards at the House of Lords on 14th July 2016.

In 2016, over 40,000 young people from over 200 schools across the UK ( and internationally) took part in the 2016 Thank You Letter Awards to write to a wide variety of people, from inspirational people, to teachers, to parents and charities. Schools held internal competitions and then sent the winning letters to be entered into the national competition.

Young people who had written shortlisted letters were invited to an awards ceremony at the University of Birmingham in May 11th, where Charlotte Hill, CEO of Step Up To Serve, presented the awards and spoke about who in her life she is particularly grateful to and why.  

 

 

The finalists, runners-up and winners from both primary and secondary categories are listed below. Photographs of Adaeze Ordu (Primary Winner) and Peace Buraimo (Secondary Winner) receiving their awards at the House of Lords with Sir Nick Parker and Lord James O'Shaughnessy are below.

          

Winners and Runners-Up

Primary

Winner:

Adaeze Ordu, St Teresa Catholic Primary School, Birmingham

Runners-Up:

Charmaine, St Mary's and St John's C of E Primary School, London
Lyla Perkins, Harborne Primary School, Birmingham

Secondary

Winner:

Peace Buraimo, King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girl, Birmingham

Runners-Up:

Vlad Gabriel, Thistley Hough Academy, Stoke-on-Trent
Kajol Korotania, Nishkam High School, Birmingham

Finalists

Primary:
Florence UnderwoodHarborne Primary School, Birmingham
Edie Davies, Hook Lane Primary School, Kent
Chloe Pike, Hook Lane Primary School, Kent
Inigo Duffield, Windlesham School, West Sussex
Rashida Sillah, Broadford Primary School, Essex

Secondary:
Alfie Stewart, Hall Mead School,Upminster
Tessa Yau, Albyn School, Aberdeen
Robert Shaw, Albyn School, Aberdeen
Lydia Matterson, The Academy at Shotton Hall,County Durham

Santi Campo Arbolés, Arbolés Viaró Global School, Spain

Thank You Letter Awards 2015

The Thank You Letter Awards provide young people with the opportunity to write a 'thank you' letter to someone that they are grateful to, who has inspired them, supported or helped them. 

In 2015, 20,000 young people from over 100 schools across the UK took part in the awards and wrote letters to a wide variety of people, from parents and grandparents, to charities, teachers and athletes. Schools held internal competitions and then sent the winning letters to be entered into the national competition. 

Young people who had written shortlisted letters were invited to an awards ceremony at the University of Birmingham in March, where Olympic Gold Medallist Greg Rutherford MBE talked about who he’s grateful to, before presenting the winners with their prizes.

 

 

Details of the 2016 Thank You Letter Awards will appear here in due course.

See our Media Centre for more photos from the 2015 Awards.

Details of the 2015 winners can be found below:

Primary


Winner:

Joshua Jamison, Little Sutton Primary School
 

Runners-Up:

Abigail Richardson, Oasis Academy Short Heath

Mary Henderson, Oliver House Prep School



Secondary



Winner:

Shola Daley, City of Birmingham School

 

Runners-Up:

Hannah Gidman, Castle Rock High School

Alex Frost King, Edward VI Five Ways School

 

To find out more about how to get your school or organisation involved in the Thank You Letter Awards 2016, please contact Vicci at v.j.hogan@bham.ac.uk or on 0121 414 4846.