Over the rainbow

Enter WellChild’s new school singing competition and your students could be performing at the WellChild Awards in London, regularly attended by Prince Harry and a host of celebrity guests.

Over the rainbow

A red carpet event, the WellChild Awards celebrates the the UK’s most inspirational seriously ill children and young people. So have you got what it takes to put on showstopping performance for our guests?

Entry for the Over the Rainbow competition is now closed.

If you have already entered, see below for details on what to do next!

Over the rainbow – What to do next…

  • Fundraise
  • Encourage people to vote for your school when voting opens 30th June. The top five with the most votes and top five fundraising schools will go through to the next stage
  • Winner announced 8th September

About the public vote

Now for the really fun part! We want you, the general public to help us pick our finalists. On Friday 30th June, the competition will culminate in a live public vote on our website. The five videos with the most votes will then go through to be judged by a panel of musical experts and celebrities. So rally your troops and get everyone you can think of to vote for your singing group.

There’s more…

As well as the top five schools with the most votes, the top 5 fundraisers will also go through to judging. Home is central to the wonderful story of Dorothy in Oz and it’s central to what WellChild strives for every child with exceptional health needs. We want to help more seriously ill children and young people and so we would like you to help us fundraise. Encourage your school to fundraise and you could be in with a chance of being one of our 10 finalists!

The winning group will be announced on Friday 8th September.


Who can enter?

No more than 20 primary school age pupils from Reception to Year 5 (or equivalent for special schools).

What do I need to do?

All entrants must submit a video comprising no more than 20 primary school age pupils from Reception to Year 5 performing the song ‘Over the rainbow’. The video must be no longer than 3 minutes in duration.

How can I fundraise?

We have lots of ideas and resources to help you fundraise. Click here for inspiration.

What do I receive when I sign up?

All schools who register will receive a FREE competition entry pack, full of lesson ideas, learning resources, fundraising inspiration and competition guidelines. You will also receive a link to a secret hub full of downloadable resources for your school to use.

When is the closing date for entries?

Closing date for entry will be 12pm on Monday 26th June 2017. After this time no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

What do I need to complete to enter?

Each individual entry must be submitted with a signed and dated pledge (hard copy) or tick the fundraising pledge when you submit your video online. The pledge should include full school address and contact details, including a named individual who will act as a point of contact. The pledge should indicate the amount of money the entrant group intends to raise for WellChild. All fundraising pledges must be completed by 12pm on Monday 26th June 2017.

How do I submit my video?

Submit your video at www.wellchild.org.uk/entry-form-over-the-rainbow.

When will the public vote open?

Online voting will open at 12pm on Friday 30th June 2017

When is the deadline for voting?

Voting will officially close on Friday 30th July 2017 at 12pm.

How many schools will qualify for judging?

The top five schools who secure the most votes and the top five schools who raise the most funds will qualify to go through to Stage 2 for judging. The ten winners of Stage 2 will be judged by an independent panel of WellChild celebrity supporters and music industry professionals to identify a single winner.

If I win, what prize will my school win?

The winning entry will be invited to perform their rendition of ‘Over the Rainbow’ live at the 2017 WellChild Awards – date and venue to be confirmed. Please note that no alternative prize will be offered and the prize is not transferable.

When will the winner be announced?

WellChild will announce the winner on Friday 8th September 2017.

What costs will be covered if my school wins?

WellChild will cover the cost of travel to and from the Awards venue and the cost of food and drink for 20 children and 5 staff (exceptions will be made in cases where children require 1:1 support). All other costs incurred must be covered by the school. Please note that overnight accommodation is not included.

If I win, who will organise the trip to London?

WellChild will work with the winner to arrange the travel to and from the Awards venue and the timetable for the day.

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