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Young prizewinners are a real work of art

MISSIO Scotland’s Christmas Artwork Contest winners for 2022 were thrilled to be presented with their prizes recently at their respective schools as a result of their fantastic artistic efforts.

The popular annual competition attracts thousands of entries from Catholic primary schools throughout Scotland’s eight dioceses, with the winners each receiving a gift voucher for Smyth’s Toy Superstore, having their artwork displayed in the respective Cathedrals and also having their artwork used as Missio Scotland’s official Christmas cards for the following year.

The children are asked to produce artwork based on the following subjects: The Nativity (a manger scene, Jesus, Mary and Joseph); The Three Wise Men (presenting the gifts or following the star); Shepherds (with sheep, in their fields, seeing the angel or visiting the manger); Mother and Child (Mary with the Baby Jesus); Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem; The New-born Jesus in the manger; or The Angel Gabriel.

And the boys and girls in schools throughout the country produced some stunning pieces of art along those lines with last year’s winners being: Aaron Thomson (P6), St Elizabeth's Primary School, Hamilton; Xin Yan Shi (P6), St Bartholomew's Primary School, Castlemilk; Lucy Chisholm (P5), St Columba's Primary School, Cupar; Leo Sutherland (P4), St Bride's Primary School, Cambuslang; Antos Kowalczyk (P1) and Avril Nervida (P6), both of St Mary’s Primary School, Bonnyrigg; Kari Young (P7), St Patrick's Primary School, Troon; and last, but not least, Robbie Cameron (P6), St Joseph’s Primary School, Inverness.

After the success of one of their pupils in the competition, Louise Torrance, the Headteacher at St Bride’s Primary School in Cambuslang was fulsome in her praise of his fabulous work (above).

“The school, Leo and his family were thrilled to hear that Leo's beautiful design had been chosen to be used as a Missio Christmas Card for 2023,” Louise said. “Leo’s drawing is a beautiful depiction of Mary as an expectant Mother, as she travels on the long trip to Bethlehem.”

Leo added: “My picture is about the run up to Christmas when Mary is travelling to Bethlehem before Baby Jesus is born. I’m very happy that my picture was a winning entry.”

At St Mary’s Primary School in Bonnyrigg, Depute Headteacher, Fiona Macaulay, spoke in glowing terms about the success of the schools two pupils, Antos and Avril, who produced drawings of the Three Wise Men and Our Lady with the Baby Jesus respectively (above).

“The children were presented with their gift vouchers and their artwork was returned to them at a recent assembly,” Fiona said. The children in school were very excited to know that we had two winners!

“We are all thrilled that two of our pupils did so well this year. The standard of artwork for all the competition winners was very high and also very inspiring. St Mary's has entered the Missio Scotland Christmas Artwork Contest quite a few times now, it is something that we enjoy doing and has become part of our Advent season in school.

“Antos said that he was ‘very happy to win’ and that he has already spent his voucher on Minecraft merchandise and Avril said that ‘she was really surprised to win but very pleased too.’ She is saving her voucher until she has decided what she wants to buy.”

In Inverness meanwhile, St Joseph’s young artistwho produced a fantastic drawing of a shepherd (above)was very pleased with his efforts, as was Acting Headteacher and Depute Headteacher, Carolyn Brown.

“I was surprised because there were a lot of schools entered and I was unsure about what their artwork would look like,” Robbie said. “I am proud of myself.”

“We were delighted to hear the news that Robbie had won the 2022 Missio Scotland Christmas Artwork Contest,” Carolyn said. “His piece of art is outstanding and provokes great emotion. We are very proud of Robbie.”

In St Patrick’s Primary School in Troon, winner Kari Young was also presented with her prize at a recent assembly too (above).

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