This year we had another very strong entry for the Christmas card competition. After much reflection and expert advice, I’m pleased to announce that the winner of the Junior Category was Sonny Francis, a Year 7 student at St. Bede’s College. Sonny’s carefully composed collage brings our attention to the Christ child. In a bold use of text, Sonny eschews the use of scripture and uses the phrase, “The night that changed everything.” This conveys the heart of the Christian message but uses a technique borrowed from the kind of public art quotations you’re likely to see in Times Square.
Junior Category winner, Sonny Francis, from St. Bede’s College
The winner of the Senior Category was Josef Hluchan, a Year 12 pupil at Ratcliffe College. Josef’s delicate watercolour again uses a group composition very effectively to bring our attention to the baby in the crib. The lack of background contextual details gives a more universal and timeless quality to the image, which is entirely appropriate for the birth of the saviour of mankind.
Senior Category winner, Josef Hluchan, from Ratcliffe College
Pictured, in order, are the runner-up in the Junior Category, Amrit Chahil, a Year 7 pupil at New Hall School, the runner-up in the Senior Category, Lucca Clark, a Year 13 pupil at St. Mary’s Cambridge and special merits awarded to Miriam Calzaso Gomez from Saint Christina’s School and Niamh McGarvey from St. Mary’s Hall Stonyhurst.
The next student competition will be our second poetry competition. The details of the theme and how to enter can be found on the website at www.catholicindependentschools.com/events-and-training/competitions/poetry-competition/.
The deadlines for entry for poems on the theme of “Pentecost” is Friday 11 May 2018. Please bring this opportunity for pupil creativity to the attention of your teachers.