Do you want the chance for your class to win a trip Parliament Hill in Ottawa? How about cash prizes? Are you interested in Canadian history? Creative expression? Well, the Sir John A. Macdonald Bicentennial Commission has something for you!
We are hosting a Birthday Video Competition this fall in lead up to Sir John A.’s 198th birthday in January. Classes and individual students — across all grades and subjects — are being asked to submit one to three minute videos on the life and legacy of Sir John A. From live action, to cartoons, claymation, voice overs, songs, presentations, and any other format you can think of, simply capture and share your message about Canada’s first Prime Minister with us.
As you make your video, we encourage you to consider these questions: Who was Sir John A? What did he do? What did he mean to Canada in his day? What does he mean to us today? Answer these questions, plan your rolls, grab your tablet, phone, camera or video equipment and you’re ready to go!
There are three categories for entries: Kindergarten to Grade 6; Grades 7 & 8; and Grades 9 to 12. For more information and instructions on how to send us your video, visit the commission’s website. You will also find Macdonald-related educational resources on our website.
Teachers: the Video Competition is a great way to make Canadian history exciting; it can be integrated into a variety of programming for all ages and streams. You will find curriculum connections on our website to help you use this activity in the classroom.
All entries will receive complimentary tickets to our production of Sir John, Eh? The Musical at The Grand Theatre in January, and a panel of jurors will award three prizes for each category. 1st place is a trip to Parliament Hill; 2nd place is a $200 cash for your class and 3rd is a $100 cash prize! Some submissions will also be shown on COGECO television!
We hope you have fun exploring Sir John A. in this way; the competition closes on December 15 – so start planning today! Please contact us if you have any questions or comments. Best of luck with your video!
Students from Loyalist Collegiate and Vocational Institute enjoying learning all about Sir John A. Maybe they will apply their knowledge in a video entry!