Christmas Card Competition

Christmas Card Competition 2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of this year’s CISC Christmas Card competition. This year’s theme is ‘Child of Our Planet’ – plenty of scope for young artists to think ecologically and astronomically as well as theologically in their creative interpretation of the theme! Entries should be submitted by Friday 23 November. Winning artists will be featured on this year’s CISC Christmas Card and on our website.


  • Theme – “Child of our time”
  • Entries should be 2D art work or a photograph and can be portrait or landscape.
  • This year there will be two age categories: a JUNIOR category (up to age 13) and a SENIOR category (from 14 to 18)
  • For each entry, schools need to email a .jpg file of a digital photograph of the work as an attachment with the name, age and school of the pupil clearly written on the email to by Friday 23 November 2018.
  • Schools can submit as many entries as they wish from each age group but no more than one entry per pupil.
  • The entry fee is £10 per school per category (i.e. £20 for an all through school with entries in both categories) payable by BACS to Sort Code 40 18 17 and Account Number 64019113, labelling the transfer “G700 Christmas Card Competition” or by post with a cheque payable to Catholic Independent Schools’ Conference, 19 South Road, Hampton, Middlesex, TW12 3PE.
  • Schools must ensure proper, demonstrable consent regarding the submission of pupils’ work to CISC and this must be available on request by CISC if required. For further information please see the CISC Privacy Policy on the Key Documents & Policies page of our website.

Entry details are also available to download here.

Christmas Card Competition 2017

The winner of the Junior Category was Sonny, 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.

The winner of the Senior Category was Josef, 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.

Pictured, in order, are the runner-up in the Junior Category, Amrit, a Year 7 pupil at New Hall School, the runner-up in the Senior Category, Lucca, a Year 13 pupil at St. Mary’s Cambridge and special merits awarded to Miriam from Saint Christina’s School and Niamh from St. Mary’s Hall Stonyhurst.



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