Daisy Conway wins MP’s Christmas Card competition


Posted by Andy Goddard

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Daisy Conway, from Compton All Saints C of E Primary School, has been announced as the winner of Steve Brine’s fourth annual Christmas Card competition.

The Year 6 pupil, is following in the footsteps of previous winners Eleanor Ring, Liam Skeat and Ellis Gauntlett Boak, and took first prize with her fantastic depiction of Father Christmas and Rudolph delivering their presents.

Daisy now wins a family ticket for this year’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’ pantomime courtesy of Theatre Royal Winchester.

This year saw a record number of schools and children participating, with nearly 500 entries and 52 finalists.

The judging took place at Winchester Discovery Centre, where the paintings are on display in the Children’s Library until Christmas.

Highly-regarded local artist Daphne Vaughan helped Steve Brine in the judging:

“I look at children’s artwork a lot and I could see just how much time some children had spent in making their cards.

“It was great to see so many imaginative and creative ideas and a lot of good drawing and painting as well, and because the quality of entries was high it made the judging very difficult.”

There were also awards for different year groups, with the Reception prize going to Lucifer Dean, from Kings Worthy Primary, and the Year 1 award won by Grace Gunn from Stanmore Primary.

Ava Child from Prince’s Mead won Year 2 and Aadi Rakhit from Sherborne House won Year 3. The Year 4 prize was collected by Kira Woodd and Jessica Peters from South Wonston completed the year group winners with her Year 5 award.

All the year group winners receive a special family ticket for a day out to Marwell Zoo, courtesy of Marwell Wildlife.

There were also two Special Commendations awarded, the first to Clara Bocci from Sherborne House, and the second to the entire Linnets Infants Class at Shepherds Down special school for their group effort.

Steve Brine says it was a record year for entries and schools taking part:

“What a pleasure to be able to do this once again. I am ever so grateful for everyone who helped to make this happen from the schools to our wonderful sponsors Theatre Royal Winchester and Marwell Wildlife, as well as Winchester Discovery Centre who are once more so generous with their time and space.

“My thanks also to Daphne Vaughan whose expertise was really put to the test in the judging, and all my congratulations to Daisy Conway and all those who took part.”

Other schools who also made the final were St Faith’s from St Cross, Itchen Abbas Primary from the Itchen Valley and Scantabout Primary from Chandler’s Ford.