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Bishop’s Christmas card competition success for Wrexham Pupil

Ahlam Jabir from St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School wins first prize

A pupil from Wales’ only shared faith school has won the Bishop of St Asaph’s Christmas Card Competition.

Ahlam Jabir, who’s 13 and attends St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham has won first prize in the competition which attracted more than one thousand entries.  Fellow pupil, Trishell Fernando, aged 14 won joint second prize with Evan Hughes from Hawarden Primary School.

Every year, the Bishop of St Asaph, the Rt Revd Gregory Cameron invites pupils from all 51 church schools in the Diocese of St Asaph to offer a picture for his Christmas Card.  The winning design is used on the front of the Christmas cards that he sends to family, friends and colleagues around the world.

This year’s winning entry features silhouette figures of Joseph and Mary at the manger in which the child Jesus is laid at Bethlehem.  It includes a Christmas message:

The beauty of Christmas is not in the presents but in his Presence

Bishop Gregory, along with his wife, Clare Cameron, and the Diocesan Director of Education and Lifelong Learning, Rosalind Williams, attended school assembly this morning (13 December) to present certificates and prizes to the competition winners.

Bishop Gregory said: “This is an evocative design which captures the stillness and beauty of the Christmas night.  I’m delighted that this has been selected as the winner, but it was a hard decision.  This year’s selection, as is always the case, shows a wealth of talent, with great care and attention being paid to every small detail.  And lots of colour.  We had some amazing camels and radiantly bright stars.

“Thank you to everyone who entered the competition, the judging panel enjoyed looking at all the submissions.

“December is an important and busy time in all church schools as they reflect on the importance of Advent and look ahead to Christmas.”

It’s the first time in several years since pupils from St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham have entered the competition.  The school, the Diocese of St Asaph’s only secondary school and the only shared faith school in Wales, has more than 700 pupils.  Its head teacher, Chris Wilkinson, said: “It is always wonderful to celebrate the talents and achievements of our pupils, and in this case, we are particularly proud to have two pupils who have taken inspiration from the Christmas story and presented it so skilfully.”

The full list of those awarded prizes is:

  • First prize to Ahlam Jabir, 13 from St Joseph’s Catholic and Anglican High School in Wrexham
  • Joint second prize to Trishell Fernando, aged 14 also from St Joseph’s
  • Joint second prize to Evan Hughes from Hawarden Primary School

All the prize winners received a book token and certificate. In addition, Ahlam received a framed picture of her design, along with 20 Christmas cards so she can send them to her family and friends.  Certificates were also given to the children in St Joseph’s whose work gained either a Very Highly Commended or Highly Commended status.

The Diocese of St Asaph is part of the Church in Wales, an independent Province within the worldwide Anglican Communion of Churches.  The diocese is a community of 216 churches covering the counties of Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire, Wrexham and parts of Gwynedd and Powys.

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