Christmas cards designed by pupils from Thorpe Hall primary school and Whitefield Schools in Walthamstow were selected as the winning entrants in a competition run by Chingford & Woodford Green MP Iain Duncan Smith.
The competition has been running for several years and is open to all primary schools in the Chingford and Woodford Green Constituency.
Several hundred individual entries were received, all centred around this year’s theme of the nativity scene. With the competition proving so popular, the judging panel had a difficult task to select the final two but eventually agreed upon the winners, which will feature on a double-sided Christmas card. The winners were group P205 at Whitefield Schools and Sandra Thomas, a year 6 pupil at Thorpe Hall. Both winners receive a certificate in recognition of their winning design and can take pride in the fact that their card will be sent around the world and to both the Prime Minister and President of the United States.
Iain Duncan Smith and Sheree Rackham, Conservative councillor for Hale End & Highams Park and one of the judging panel, attended a special assembly at Thorpe Hall to address the pupils and present Sandra Thomas with her certificate and copy of the finished card.
Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP said:
“It was wonderful to see the level of interest in this year’s competition with so many entries having been received. The range of innovative ideas around the nativity theme was inspiring and I was impressed at the meticulous effort that went into many of the designs. There is undoubtedly a huge amount of ingenuity in our primary schools and I would like to congratulate all the teaching staff who encouraged their pupils to express their creativity – I wish I had been that good at art when I was their age. A big thank you to all those who entered this year’s competition and well done to Sandra Thomas and class P205.”
Above: Sandra Thomas winning card design and Whitefield Schools winning card design
Photos: Iain Duncan Smith, Sandra Thomas, Sheree Rackham and Sandra’s mum and Iain Duncan Smith at Thorpe Hall