Many thanks to all the pupils who put in such a lot of work for their entries to the annual Christmas Card competition. The theme this year was Refugees and Migrants. This challenging theme led to some exceptionally thoughtful and powerful work. We had over 50 entries and the standard as always was very high. It was no easy task choosing the winners. However, with some expert advice from an experienced Art teacher, the entry by Olivia Mitchell, a Year 11 student from St. Edward’s School in Cheltenham, was chosen as the winner of the CISC Christmas Card competition for 2016. Olivia’s picture (below) provides an unusual perspective on the traditional characters in the infancy narratives. Making the donkey the central point of interest brings our attention to the migrant status of the Holy Family and their humble mode of transport. The colours and composition are beautifully judged to provide the viewer with a haunting meditation on the journey.
The runner-up in this year’s competition was Yuan Li, a Year 12 student at New Hall School. Her haunting image (below) suggests divine care for those many thousands of people making the perilous journeys from their homeland.