Annual Christmas Picture Competition Award Ceremony in Garston
The annual prize- giving ceremony for The Co-op Food Christmas Theme Picture Competition was held at The Stanborough Centre in Garston on Thursday, 8th December.
The criteria for the entries was that they should be a Christmas scene in any medium chosen by the children – paint/crayon/poster/collage – but were not to include any computer work or enhancement. Children from six primary schools stretching from South Oxhey to Hemel Hempstead entered their designs into the competition which was being held for the fourth time. These schools were: Bedmond Village Primary School, Chambersbury Primary School, Greenfield Primary School, Kingsway Infant School, Orchard Primary School and Stanborough Primary School.
There were 6 winning entries for this year's competition which was split into two age groups: 4-7 and 8-11 years. In addition to these 17 minor prizes were presented in the 'Commended' and 'Highly Commended' categories to encourage more children to enter the competition. Entries were displayed on the walls of the hall and the sponsors, The Co-op Food, provided one judge and another was a retired art teacher. The judges admitted that it was a hard job choosing the winners taking into account the input from parents, and uniqueness when choosing the winners as well as keeping to the Christmas theme and size specified and the construction and thought that went into each entry.
The prizes were awarded by Cllr. Darren Walford, Chairman of Watford Borough Council who said that the entries were "amazing" and told the children "well done" and "keep up the good work". The schools attended by the main prize winners also received a cheque from Pastor Jacques Venter, the senior minister at Stanborough Park Church which was hosting the event.
The prize-giving event was organised and sponsored by a team of staff from The Co-op Food who provided a buffet of Co-op ‘goodies’ for those attending the event. Enoch Kanagaraj, an employee of The Co-op Food, is the Chairman of the Community Chaplaincy Service at Stanborough Park Church and has been the driving force behind the event.
The Co-op Food Regional Manager, Tina Mitchell, spoke of the Co-op movement's history of being part of the community working with schools, churches and community groups to do something "pretty special" and help people to feel valued. Sponsoring this art competition was a way of helping children to feel valued and she was certainly very impressed with the quality of the art work on display and congratulated the children on their achievements.
First Prize: 8-11 years: Rachel Valdez from Orchard Primary School
4-7 years: Isla Prothero from Kingsway Infant Junior School
Second Prize: 8-11 years: Sana Maroof at Orchard Primary School
4-7 years : Emilia Poradzisz at Stanborough Primary
Third Prize: 8-11 years: Leo Snailham at Chambersbury Primary School
4-7 years: Jacub Kopec at Kingsway Infant School