Winners of Penzance Mayor’s Annual Christmas Card Competition are announced!

28th November 2022 in Council News

Penzance Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022

The Mayor of Penzance has chosen five winners, including one overall winner, from local primary school pupils who created Christmas card designs this year based on the theme ‘A Homemade Christmas’.

The annual Christmas Card Competition, now in its fourth year, invites all Year 5 and 6 school pupils in the Penzance Parish to enter their designs for the Mayor’s Christmas Card.

Entries for this year’s competition were received from Gulval School, Heamoor Community Primary School, Newlyn School, St Mary’s C of E School, and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School.

From the 147 entries, the Mayor was tasked with selecting five: one winner from each of the five schools who entered the competition.

The overall winner this year, whose design will be turned into Christmas cards for the Mayor, is Jacey Gardiner from Gulval School.

“Hopefully the theme made the young people take another look at Christmas and realise that it’s about more than just brightly coloured plastic toys! There were many really great submissions but I felt that Jacey’s design was the one which expressed Homemade Christmas best – using both images and words” said Cllr Jonathan How, Mayor of Penzance.

Jacey Gardiner's winning design for the Penzance Mayor's Christmas Card Competition 2022 (Gulval School)
Jacey’s winning design for the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022 (Gulval School)

The winners of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022 are:

  • Jacey Gardiner from Gulval School (overall winner)
  • Keyna Owers from Heamoor Community Primary School
  • Theo Rail-Eddy from Newlyn School
  • Lottie McAlister from St Mary’s C of E School
  • Tyler from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School

Mr Yates, Assistant Headteacher at Gulval School, said: “Everyone at Gulval School is thrilled that Jacey has been awarded the overall winner of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2022!

“Following the theme of ‘A homemade Christmas’, Jacey’s card was centred around ‘love’ and how this can be embodied in seemingly small actions we show to others and the time we spend with friends and family – making homemade gifts, putting up decorations, baking and making memories together.

“Jacey wanted to recognise that it is the thought behind gifts rather than the actual gift itself that makes a difference to people at Christmas time.

“We are excited that Jacey’s design will be sent far and wide for all to see and we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, with the hope that all families get to spend this precious time together!”

Jacey’s winning design will be sent from the Mayor of Penzance across the Duchy and beyond, as far away as Nevada City in California, to schools, community organisations, Parish Councillors, and the armed forces.

The Mayor of Penzance judges the childrens' Christmas Card design entries for 2022
The Mayor of Penzance judges the childrens’ Christmas Card design entries for 2022

The winner from each school will also be receiving a fully stocked art box and a personal letter from the Mayor.

“Theo is a talented artist and we are delighted that his Christmas card has gained recognition from the judges” said Mrs Stephens, Headteacher of Newlyn School.

“We are very proud of all the designs that the children entered, and we are proud that the homemade idea of Tyler’s design was chosen. We have really enjoyed taking part, so thank you for the opportunity!” said Mr Cox, Class Teacher at St Mary’s RC Primary School.

The winners:

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