Belfast Telegraph

Christina's angelic design

By Brendan McDaid

A Foyleview Special School pupil has created the design for this year's official Derry City Council Christmas card.

Christina Cresswell joined Mayor Helen Quigley to launch the new card after beating off over 400 entries from schools across the city.

The Mayor held a reception at her parlour in the Guildhall for the launch yesterday.

The winning card design features the image of an angel, while the winning verse was penned by Long Tower Primary School pupil, Aoife Hanly.

The image and verse will be used in the Mayor's Christmas Card to be distributed on behalf of the Mayor across the world.

The theme for the competition was the Christmas spirit of peace and reconciliation. Mayor Quigley praised the high standard of entries as " exceptional".

She said: "The level of interest shown in the competition was phenomenal and it was a difficult task trying to choose from the entries we received.

"I was amazed at how the young people all grasped the concept of the theme and were able to relay their thoughts and reflections into an image or verse.

"All of the children who participated in the competition had a great awareness of local and global issues and this is reflected in the high standard and creativity of their work.

"I would like to thank all of the pupils, their teachers and their parents for taking part in the competition and for coming along to the Guildhall for the prize-giving ceremony."

The Mayor said the winning entries were particularly thought-provoking.

She said: "Christina's winning design of an angel was a simple but very captive image, and one which the judges believed stood out from the rest.

"It has a universal theme and is a very positive image, and one which I am very happy to have on my Christmas card. The verse penned by Aoife Hanly is also of a very high standard and is a very moving and meaningful child's perspective of what peace and reconciliation is about."

As well as receiving prizes the winners will have their names printed on the card and their school will receive book tokens to the value of £100.


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