DECK the halls with boughs of holly AND the cards of talented young artists! This year, children from primary schools in the borough have brought festive cheer by entering the Mayor of Hertsmere’s annual seasonal card competition.
The youngsters were presented with their prizes by the Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Rabbi Alan Plancey, at a ceremony at the Civic Offices this week. (Wednesday 20 November)
Seven-year-old Iris Archard, from Bushey Manor School, and 10-year-old Emma Brazil, from Ladbrooke JMI School in Potters Bar have been named overall winners of this year’s contest. Emma’s design with a cheerful snowman and Christmas tree theme has been earmarked as the council’s corporate card, while Iris’s beautiful design of a robin evokes the wonderful part nature plays at this time of year. Two runners-up were also announced.
They are Clement Berlioz, 10, from Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Boys who created a fantastic entry of a Chinese dragon, which is so bright and colourful.
Seven-year-old Sophie Million from Saffron Green Primary in Borehamwood, created a beautiful design with lots of attention to detail in the drawing of the animals and a very wintry scene that has the perfect touch for Hertfordshire – a stag!
All four winners received a certificate, gift voucher, a large poster version of their design and a pack of their own cards to give to friends and family.
Mayor Cllr Plancey said: "The chance to view and judge the excellent artwork by Hertsmere’s schoolchildren is one of the most satisfying duties that I get to perform as Mayor.
“The standard of entries is always high and the designs have included a wide variety of themes this year from all across the world – including our very own Chinese dragon to wish everyone not only a Happy Christmas but also a Happy New Year!
“We’ve been running the seasonal card competition for 13 years now, and every year we’re really impressed with the standard of the entries we receive from schools across the borough.
"It was a difficult task to pick this year’s winners, but these four cards really caught my eye. There was something bright and cheerful about each one.
"I want to thank everyone who took part and submitted entries. We really appreciate the support this competition receives from schools and the local community each year. This is a wonderful way to involve children in the borough in helping to spread a message of seasonal goodwill and cheer."
All primary schools in the borough were invited to take part in the competition at the beginning of this term. Entries were received from across the borough and judging took place towards the end of October, by the Mayor.
Posted on Friday 22nd November 2019