Event Description

 


The 2021 La Fontaine Challenge is a Montreal-based educational initiative that aims to engage the student community in a reflective process on their individual experience of living through the Covid-19 pandemic. École International J. de La Fontaine is issuing a call to all students in our network and beyond for the submission of entries to an academic competition in the subjects of English, French, Art, Science and Music.


For each registered student, the College will donate $1 to West Island Community Shares, an incredible charity organization that supports local community groups.

The competition is divided by subject and grade cluster as follows:


 

The deadline for student submissions is May 30, 2021. Candidate submissions will be evaluated by a panel of impartial judges and first-place winners in each grade cluster will be awarded prizes of 300$. Five runners-up from each grade cluster across all subjects will be awarded $50 gift certificates redeemable for lessons at La Fontaine. Each student candidate registered in the competition will receive a free trial lesson at our school. Students may submit a maximum of one entry per subject, but may only register for the challenge once.


Nineteen finalists from across the subjects/grade clusters will qualify for entry into the final round of the competition, in which student submissions will be judged by the general public. The grand prize winner will be awarded $500. Public voting for the grand prize winner will open on June 15, 2021 and close on June 30, 2021.

 

 

Submission guidelines

 


《English》


Texts must be composed in English only.

Students must not be assisted by their parents at risk of disqualification.


Elementary


(Grades 1,2):

Student candidates are asked to submit a drawing accompanied by a 40-80 word text. The image and text should be connected and should communicate a message of positivity and hope during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click to download the form.


 (Grades 3,4):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 250-word letter addressed to someone who has helped them stay positive and hopeful over the course of the pandemic.


 (Grades 5,6):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 400-word letter addressed to someone who has helped them stay positive and hopeful over the course of the pandemic.

 

High School


(Grades 7,8,9):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 500-word short-story on the subject of hope during the pandemic. It should focus on their personal experience and should be told from their point of view (first person perspective).


 (Grades 10,11):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 500-750 narrative short-story/personal essay detailing an important life-lesson they have learned over the course of the pandemic. The short-story/personal essay should be introspective and describe the process through which the life-lesson was acquired.




《French》


Texts must be composed in French only.

Students must not be assisted by their parents at risk of disqualification.

 

Elementary


(Grades 1,2):

Student candidates are asked to submit a drawing accompanied by a 40-80 word text. The image and text should be connected and should communicate a message of positivity and hope during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click to download the form.


(Grades 3,4):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 250-word letter addressed to someone who has helped them stay positive and hopeful over the course of the pandemic (an elderly person, a friend, a parent, etc.)


(Grades 5,6):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 400-word letter addressed to someone who has helped them stay positive and hopeful over the course of the pandemic (an elderly person, a friend, a parent, etc.)

 

High School


(Grades 7,8,9):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 500-word narrative short-story about the pandemic and should communicate a message of hope.


(Grades 10,11):

Student candidates are asked to submit a 500-750 narrative short story communicating a positive life lesson that they have acquired over the course of the current pandemic. The process that led to this life lesson should be clear.

 



《Science》


The videos must be in French or English only.

An adult can guide the younger children and help them film, but under no circumstances do the work for them under penalty of disqualification.

Team videos (teams composed of students from the same grade category) will be accepted, but the chosen team leader must be the only student in the group registered for the competition. He/she will have to get the other members to sign an image rights authorization (Click for example) and will be the only person to receive a prize should his/her team be selected as a finalist or grand prize winner.


Elementary - (Grades 1/2), (Grades 3/4) and (Grades 5/6):

Student candidates are asked to produce a short scientific video presentation (between 90 seconds and 3 minutes) in English or French, connected to the current pandemic. It should contain important information that they wish to communicate to their peers and should aim to communicate a positive message. No specific subject is imposed, but here are some themes that may be helpful:

- What is a virus?

- How can we protect ourselves?

- What is a pandemic?

- What is the purpose of a mask?

- What is social distancing?

- What is the purpose of a vaccine?

 

High School - (Grades 7,8,9) and (Grades 10,11):

Student candidates are asked to produce a short scientific video presentation (between 90 seconds and 3 minutes) in English or French, connected to the current pandemic. It should contain important information that they wish to communicate to their peers and should aim to communicate a positive message. The presentation can take any form (interview, scientific experiment, fiction, animation, etc.) The format can include any type of montage, image integration, and sound effects. Scientific accuracy is essential. No specific subject is imposed, but here are some themes that may be helpful:

- How does an RNA vaccine work?

- How is the CoronaVirus spread in a closed space?

- How did this new virus appear?

- What is the virus’ Rate of Reproduction (R) and why is it important to control it?

- What is a PCR test?

- What are Covid-19 “strains”?

 


 

《Art》

 

Elementary and High School

(Grades 1,2,3), (Grades 4,5,6) and (Grades 7,8,9,10,11):

Student candidates are asked to submit a work of art expressing a message of hope and positivity during the pandemic. The artistic medium can be any kind of visual art, including water color, acrylic, oil painting, pencil, charcoal, marker, computer animation, multimedia, etc.

 

 


《Music》


Lyrics must be composed in English, French, or Spanish. Songs in other languages will not be accepted.


Elementary and High School

(Grades 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11):

Student candidates are asked to submit a musical composition that expresses a message of hope and positivity during the pandemic. The song should be between 1:30 (one-minute-and-thirty seconds) and 3:30 (three-minutes-and-thirty seconds). This portion of the challenge will be open to students from all grade levels. They will have the option to submit a song with lyrics, or an instrumental without lyrics.

 

* See complete rules for details related to submission guidelines and evaluation criteria.

 

 *Attention: Before submitting your file, be sure to verify the submission format specifications. Incorrect file formats will be automatically disqualified. (This notification should appear as the student is attempting to submit their final work. It should link to the document below)