Winners of Penzance Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2021 are announced!

30th November 2021 in Council News, Events, Mousehole

The Mayor of Penzance has chosen seven winners, including one overall winner, from local school pupils in the Parish who created Christmas card designs this year based on the theme ‘Kindness at Christmas’

The annual Penzance Mayor‘s Christmas Card Competition is back for 2021!

After an invitation went out to all schools in the Parish, entries were received from Gulval School, Heamoor Community Primary, St Mary’s C of E School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary, Mousehole Primary School, Pensans CP School, and Alverton Primary School.

From 150 entries, the Mayor whittled it down to seven: one winner from each of the seven schools who entered the competition.

The overall winner, whose design has been turned into Christmas cards for the Mayor, is Ben Wood from Mousehole Primary School.

“We really had a tremendous response to the Christmas card competition this year” said Cllr Jonathan How, Mayor of Penzance.

“I realised that the task of choosing a winner would be very difficult when the dozens of entries were laid out in front of me. But it was wonderful to see how the children had responded to the theme of ‘Kindness at Christmas’”

“Ben’s beautiful design was very poignant – reminding us of the huge debt that we owe the RNLI on this – the 40th – Anniversary of the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster.”

The winners of the Mayor’s Christmas Card Competition 2021 are:

  • Ben Wood from Mousehole Primary School (overall winner)
  • Esmae O’Neil from Gulval School
  • Charlotte Tonkin from Heamoor Community Primary
  • Joanna Stobbs from St Mary’s C of E School
  • Aria Griffiths from St Mary’s Catholic Primary
  • Ebony-Burley Daniel from Pensans CP School
  • Adam Hillebrand-Binney from Alverton Primary School

“All of us from Mousehole School are so proud of Ben for winning this competition with his thoughtful and personal design (he used photos of his dad on the inshore lifeboat to help his drawings and ideas)” said Mrs Smith, Schooner Class teacher.

“I know that he worked hard on this image by practising it lots before submitting the final version and we can’t wait to see the final card.”

Ben’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.

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

“Aria is delighted that she won the best design here at St Mary’s Catholic Primary” said Mrs Keith, Year 5 class teacher.

“Her creativity shines in all of her work, and we are exceptionally proud of her. She deserves the recognition.”

Louise Nicholls, Violet Class teacher for Pensans School said, “The children at Pensans love taking part in the Christmas card competition each year! As part of our curriculum, we follow a ‘Virtues programme’ in which kindness is a key virtue, so it is brilliant that this can be incorporated into the children’s Christmas cards. The winner was absolutely delighted to have won- she cried with joy!”

Mrs Tyreman, Headteacher of St Mary’s C of E Primary School said “We are all delighted that Joanna’s design was chosen as a winner of the competition. Joanna skilfully combined traditional Christmas images with images of Mounts Bay, the prom and a Cornish flag!’ A stunning card!’

19th December 2021 marks the 40th Anniversary of the Penlee Lifeboat Disaster when the crew of the Solomon Browne Lifeboat and the Union Star coaster were tragically lost. Donations are welcomed to build a new granite memorial in their memory:

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