Dear Participants, the purpose of this competition is to stimulate the creativity, planning, and development of ideas. Projects are valued more based on their substance than on the showy elements. We recommend that you do not invest in developing or sending samples, mock-ups, or expensive devices. The props that accompany the project are irrelevant when it comes to determining the winners.
There are two blocks to consider and each block is divided into themes:
1-. First block (Academic-social)
2-. Second block (spiritual-apostolic)
The project must include one theme of each block, for example:
You can choose: The theme a) of block 1 (academic), theme c) of block 2 (spiritual).
Each participant can assemble your own package so your project will be original.
If you need in your project some material to show in the academy (posters, campaigns, etc.) everything has to be in French for Switzerland and English for the others academies.
A very important area in the Academies; the purpose is to make students responsible for their own learning and give them the means to achieve the objectives.
a) Proposals for how to motivate study habits. (Ex: Campaigns, suggested exercises. Consider that the way to motivate at Oak Academies is always positive and not negative.)
b) Speaking in the immersion language (French / English) outside class *according to the academy to which it applies.
(Ex: Campaign, proposed exercises. How do you motivate teens to speak French / English outside the classroom? Propose how to motivate students to learn French / English. What would you do? a poster that motivate, campaigns to speak the language in the hallways, everyday phrases to greet people ? work / activities that generate extra points?)
Activities to help the integration of generation and to know each other better.
c) Group activities. You can develop some of them already under way in some schools (Talent show, Valentine´s Day Gift exchange, spirit week of the academy) What other kind of activities you propose to do?
You can also propose other activities that you think will help (Integration as a generation ( Get to know others Fun activities, etc.) Generally you could count on having a couple of hours available for these activities normally on Fridays.
d) Organize campaigns (Ex: Authenticity, True friendship, Anti-bulling, Simplicity, Gratitude…etc.)
Essential area in the academies’ program that seeks to form authentic Christians who live their faith life with strength.
a) Liturgical Campaigns: Advent and Lent.
Criteria: That can be applied to large groups (50 to 100 people), That are easy to make in terms of material. Consider that not all people know what is Advent and Lent. What would you do? How would you present it ? What do you think will help students live better these periods? Means to help live the Advent and Christmas once they return to visit their homes. How to learn to live Holy Week and Easter while traveling?
b) Christmas. How you help your classmates to live Christmas in a better way once they return to their homes?
c) Sacristy Club -knights of the altar, night talks. The academies have groups that support the organization of the masses and help the priest with them. What would you propose as an activity or how would you motivate to your classmates? What kind of program would propose for these clubs? Consider that can get together at least once a month and can participate in some important liturgical celebrations.
d) Adoration of the first Friday of the month. Devotion to the Sacred Heart and First Friday masses.
How to promote the promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus? Presentation and explanation. What would you do and how you introduce it to your classmates? There is an assembly of approximately 30 min. to explain and present this devotion.
Propose how to organize six first Friday of month adoration, by small groups (you have 15 min. of adoration). How would you propose to make the best of that time?
e) Marian Activities:
Month of the Rosary in October. How would you organize a rosary for the whole Academy? how you motivate to engage students?
Month of Mary in May. What activities would you propose for the experience of this month?
During the school year it is intended that each student has a personal experience of donation and delivery. In this relation you can propose the following.
f) Street Apostolate. You can propose different apostolic activities that can be organized, or some project that you think will help students help others in need. Consider the reality of the city and the country in which is located the Oak Academy that you participate. Activities for departures to nursing homes. You can propose activities to do with them, at no cost or low cost.
Develop the project you chosen, taking the following format into account:
- General Objective (what is the most important goal you what to achieve with this campaign?).
- Specific Objectives (What other goals do you want to achieve?).
- Motto (A phrase that motivates and gives a unifying idea to the project).
- Means (Concrete aspects that will help me reach my objectives, the “how” to reach the goals).
- Calendar of activities (One school year).
- Activities and materials need to carry out the project in an efficient and real way.