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Looking Ahead COBIS Art Competition entry - KS3

‘Looking Ahead’: Global arts competition with Council of British International School (COBIS)


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This last year has seen AUB’s International team engaging with teachers and students from the 250+ schools that form the Council of British International Schools (COBIS) on a number of projects to support and inspire young creatives around the world.

Recently COBIS students from all key stages were invited to take part in a competition to produce a piece of art based on the theme, 'Looking Ahead’, using any medium or creative style of their choosing. Over 800 entries were received from international schools across the globe, with entries shortlisted and judged by members of AUB’s International team and COBIS.

A winner and runner-up from each year group stage were awarded a creative arts prize along with a personalised video message of encouragement from Sarah Charles, one of AUB’s International Senior Officers, who was on the judging panel.

Sarah said: “It has been a huge privilege to be a part of the judging for this collaboration between COBIS and AUB. We were overwhelmed with the volume of submissions and the quality of the selected entries - you could sense the joy and pride that had gone into them.

She added: "Thank you to all the students, teachers and parents who encouraged the participants to take part, it proves that creativity is very much alive and well in classrooms around the world.”


  • EYFS: Faris Rami Hamzeh Suleiman Al Jazzar, 5 years-old
    Gulf British Academy (Kuwait)
  • Key Stage 1: Olesya Ball, 6 years-old
    Marlborough College Malaysia
  • Key Stage 2: Ella Meyer, 9 years-old
    British School of Bucharest (Romania)
  • KS2 Highly Commended: Clara Sodolescu, 7 years-old
    British International School Timişoara (Romania)
  • Key Stage 3: Shukrona Ahkmedova, 13 years-old
    International Community School (Jordan)
  • Key Stage 4: Alessandra Barroso Kosanovic, 16 years-old
    The British School of Amsterdam

Each category winner will receive a £50 Amazon voucher, with runner-up participants receiving a £25 Amazon voucher.

AUB’s partnership with COBIS has also seen a series of creative workshops and talks delivered virtually to their students to encourage young learners interested in pursuing an arts subject.

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