RCSLT NI has teamed up with the Northern Ireland Assembly for the fifth year to bring the Voice Box Awards to Stormont, where the live final will be hosted by the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly on 28 March 2017.
Voice Box is Northern Ireland’s joke competition for school pupils, designed to raise awareness among children of the fun and importance of communication.
Mainstream and specialist primary and post-primary schools in Northern Ireland are invited to enter one joke from their school for the 2017 Voice Box Awards. Schools can support one pupil who wishes to put themselves forward to represent your school or hold a joke-telling competition to find your entry.
Schools should send us their chosen joke by 28 February and our judging panel will shortlist the 20 best jokes they receive – 10 from primary schools and 10 from post-primary schools. We will invite the shortlisted joke-tellers and their parent or guardian and teacher to Parliament Buildings, Stormont on 28 March 2017 for a live final.
Get inspired and take part in Voice Box
Karen Rattray, Speech and Language Therapist at Killard House School helps pupils take part in Voice Box each year. Here she tells us about how they run their own mini Voice Box competition and how they entice pupils to take part and have fun.
“In Killard House we love the Voice Box joke competition. I usually announce it in both Junior and Senior assemblies and our Principal strongly encourages all children to participate.
We photocopy our own easy entry form and give a copy to all children in the school. All entrants must deliver their jokes to my room and I have a box of goodies to give, one item per entrant. Also, I generally invite them to tell me their joke or read it for them. They love this.
We have our own competition in Killard and usually the top 6 get to come up in Assembly, say their joke to everyone and win a prize. Torches and colouring pens have been popular. Our top entries are then forwarded to RCSLT and we wait hopefully for a call to Stormont”.
Download our toolkit by clicking the links below. In this, you will find everything you need to run your own Voice Box competition, plus the submission form you will need to complete and return to us by 28 February 2017 to enter your joke.
The toolkit contains everything from posters to put up around your school, to certificates for participants and template media releases to help you run a simple but effective joke-telling competition in your school.
Download the Northern Ireland Voice Box Toolkit
1. Welcome to Voice Box 2017
2. Inside the toolkit
3. Information for teachers 2017
4. A4 Voice Box poster
5. A5 Voice Box flyer
6. Letter to parents
7. Letter to school councils
8. Letter to local councillors or MLAs final
9. Press release template
11. Submission form
12. 2016 Voice Box Joke Book