Hate Hurts - School Competition 2018

Date published: 12 July 2018 07:51

As part of our ongoing commitment to tackle hate crime and raise awareness across South Yorkshire, we’ll be running our Hate Hurts School Competition again this year after such a fantastic response in 2017.

Last year’s winners, a group of students at Meadstead Primary Academy in Barnsley, got to go on a school class trip to the Tropical Butterfly House after they submitted a rap highlighting how hate crime affects victims.

This year, ahead of Hate Crime Awareness Week in October (which runs from Saturday 13 – Saturday 20 October), we’re giving schools across South Yorkshire a chance to start thinking about their competition entries. And the prize this year… a chance for your class to spend a day at Rotherham United FC’s New York Stadium!

All you have to do is get creative with your classmates and friends, and tell us what you think about hate crime and how it makes you feel.

Hate crimes and incidents are when somebody does or says something horrible to another person because of the colour of their skin, where they are from, their religion, a disability, or whether they like boys, girls or both.

We want to hear from you – how would this make you feel? How do you think it makes others feel? Tell us your thoughts by writing a song, rap or poem.

How to Enter

You can film or audio record your lyrics or poems. They can be as long or as short as you like. You can do this on your own, with a friend or your entire class at school.

Entries can be sent in the post to:

South Yorkshire Police
Corporate Communications
Carbrook House
Carbrook Hall Road
S9 2DB

Or emailed to engagement@southyorks.pnn.police.uk

Here's some inspiration...

To give you some inspiration, here’s the chorus from last year’s winning entry:

It doesn’t matter where you come from,

It doesn’t matter who you love,

It doesn’t matter what you can or can’t do,

Nobody should hate on you.

It doesn’t matter where you come from,

It doesn’t matter who you love,

It doesn’t matter what you can or can’t do,

 We’re equal, it’s true!

Competition rules:

  • All entries must fit the theme of ‘Hate Hurts’ for further information about hate crimes and incidents visit: southyorks.police.uk/hatehurts
  • All entrants must be aged 10 to 14 years old and must currently live or go to school in South Yorkshire (on date of entry to the competition)
  • All entrants must clearly state, their name, age and school name
  • Closing date for entries is Saturday 20 October at midnight, which marks the end of Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • Entries can be submitted by e-mail or by post along with written consent from parent or guardian
  • Postal entries can be sent to: South Yorkshire Police, Corporate Communications, Carbrook House, Carbrook Hall Road, S9 2DB
  • Email entries can be sent to engagement@southyorks.pnn.police.uk
  • A final four entries will be shortlisted by Chief Constable Stephen Watson and published on social media, with the public deciding the overall winner
  • Any entry may also be used as part of the Hate Hurts campaign on the force website and social media accounts
  • The winning entrant or group of entrant’s school will be invited to spend the day at Rotherham United’s New York Stadium in Rotherham
  • This will include a stadium tour, a PE lesson and other activities
  • The winning entrant/group will therefore need to wear their PE kits or appropriate sportswear for the trip
  • Further details about the trip will be provided closer to the time
  • Transport to the venue will not be provided by South Yorkshire Police
  • Entries, the first name, age and school of all entrants will be displayed on the force’s digital platforms and released to media
  • Any submissions cannot be returned to sender
  • South Yorkshire Police may amend and reproduce any submitted song lyrics or poem following the competition
  • South Yorkshire Police has the right to discount any entries that contain inappropriate images or language, or do not fit with the given theme