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Brother and sister scoop top prizes in Bishop’s Christmas Card Competition

A brother and sister from Gresford near Wrexham have won first and third prizes in the Bishop of St Asaph’s annual Christmas Card Competition.

Harri Prince, who is 8 years old and a pupil at All Saints Voluntary Aided (VA) School, Gresford came first in the competition with his picture of Baby Jesus in the manger. His sister, Erin, who is 7 years old, came joint third with her picture of the Angel Gabriel.

Almost one thousand entries were received from 50 Church in Wales primary schools across north east and mid Wales for the art competition showing the best depiction of the meaning of Christmas. A team of judges selected the winning entry which has been turned into Christmas cards for the Bishop to send to family, friends and colleagues all over the world.

The Rt Revd Gregory Cameron presented the winners with their prizes during a special assembly at All Saints VA School, Gresford. He said: “Every year the judges have a tough job looking through all the entries to choose the winners and this year was no different. All of them have been of an excellent standard.  It’s been fascinating to see the children’s interpretation of what Christmas means to them.

“I’m very grateful to all the children who entered the competition and to the headteachers and their staff, the Bishop’s Visitors and the local clergy for their guidance and teaching of what the Christmas story is really all about.”

The Diocese of St Asaph looks after 51 schools, including one shared faith secondary school. Church Schools are totally inclusive in nature, welcoming children from families of all faiths and none.  They are committed to celebrating the rich heritage of faith, language and culture in Wales.

One of the judges is the Diocesan Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Rosalind Williams. She said: “It is always a joy, and extremely difficult, selecting the winners as the standard of artwork is so high.  We work closely with our church schools to ensure all our pupils hear, know and understand the meaning of Christmas.”

The full list of those awarded prizes is:

  • First prize to Harri Prince of All Saints School, Gresford
  • Second prize to Pia Wheeler of Hawarden Village school (who attended the assembly in Gresford)
  • Joint third prizes to Aiesha Wood-Jones of Ysgol Beuno Sant, Y Bala and Erin Prince of All Saints School, Gresford.

All the prize winners were presented with book tokens and certificates. In addition, Harri received 20 cards of the winning design so he and his family can send them to their family and friends this Christmas. Certificates were also given to the children whose work gained either a Very Highly Commended or Highly Commended status.

The Diocese of St Asaph is part of the Church in Wales, an independent Province within the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches. The diocese is a community of 228 churches covering the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and parts of Gwynedd and Powys.