Young artists scoop prizes in Christmas card competition

(Above) Heart of England Co-operative Society Christmas card competition winner Ibrahim Mirza with Clive Miles, President of the Society.


Friday, December 16, 2016

Youngsters Artistic Efforts Impress Judges in Heart of England Co-operative Society’s Christmas Card Competition

‘What Christmas Means to You’ was the theme which won the judges over in this year’s Heart of England Co-operative Society Christmas card competition.

Schools from throughout the region submitted entries with the winning design coming from eight year old Ibrahim Mirza from Milverton House School in Nuneaton with a charming snowman scene.

Ibrahim beat off strong competition from the hundreds of entries received from school children between the ages of 8 – 11 from schools throughout Coventry, Warwickshire and south Leicestershire unveiling a plethora of artistic talent.

The entries showed that children were getting into the festive spirit early with the usual traditional images of Santa Claus, reindeers, robins, snowmen but also of family and Christmas both at home and around the world.

In terms of design, the children had a free rein with the only requirement to incorporate the Heart of England Co-operative Society logo within their illustration.

It is the seventeenth year in which the Heart of England Co-operative Society has held this exciting competition and the standard of entries once again did not disappoint.

The designs were imaginative and creative making judging a difficult task.

The judging panel drawn from local business leaders and media across the region.

The entries had to be produced in school; one card per child and the design had to be suitable so that it could be reproduced in a printed form for use by the Society.

The overall winner, Ibrahim Mirza of Milverton House School produced a captivating image of a snowman with a heart-warming message wishing a Merry Christmas to the World.

Runners up were Izzy Riley aged 10 of St. Peter’s School who submitted a charming village scene with an ice rink and Grace Downs aged 9 of Goodyers End School who opted for a personal poem rather than an illustration.

As a result of Ibrahim’s efforts, Milverton House will receive £500 with prizes of £250 for the two running-up schools. For the pupils, Ibrahim will receive cinema tickets to the value of £50 and £25 for Izzy and Grace as the two runners up.

The winners were as follows:-

First prize:


Ibrahim Mirza – Milverton House School, Nuneaton – age 8

Runners Up

Izzy Riley – St. Peter’s School, Market Bosworth – age 10

Grace Downs – Goodyers End Primary School, Bedworth – age 9


Joshua Field – The Croft Preparatory School, Stratford upon Avon – age 9

Martha Brocklehurst – St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Coventry – age 11

Aisha Miah – John Gulson Primary School, Coventry – age 11

Holly Goodyer – Westfield Junior School, Hinckley – age 9

Maia Subhan – Stoke Primary School, Coventry

Kalina Rodak – Templars Primary School – age 9

Caitlin Poole – Redmoor Academy – age 11

Salha Ally – Tile Hill Wood School – age 11

The winning entry will be reproduced and printed for the Heart of England Co-operative Society’s Christmas card for 2016.

Ali Kurji, Chief Executive, Heart of England Co-operative Society commented: “The Society’s annual Christmas card competition has become one of the most popular events on the calendar which this year was proven by some excellent entries.

“The level of time invested by both the young children and teachers alike is fantastic and the resulting entries demonstrate the high levels of talent which is to be found amongst some of these youngsters within our region.

“We congratulate them all. We also extend a warm thanks to our judges who helped us to reach a decision on the day.”

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