A pupil from Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls has been named as the overall winner of Ealing Council’s Christmas card design competition.
Mia Wilkin won both her age category of 7-11 as well as the overall winner.
In total 41 entries were received.
The competition was open to anyone who attends a school in the borough and is 18 or younger. There were three categories, six and under, 7-11 and 12-18 years and one overall winner. For 2022, the competition theme was a design around sport or healthy lives and was was judged by Counciil leader Peter Mason, Councillor Kamiljit Nagpal, cabinet member for a fairer start, Councillor Josh Blacker, cabinet member for healthy lives and Councillor Jasbir Anand, cabinet member for thriving communities.
Mia said of her winning entry: “Cycling and Christmas, two of my favourite things. I hope Santa enjoys a long bike ride before he eats all his mince pies on Christmas Eve.”
Councillor Mason, who will be using Mia’s overall winning design on his Christmas cards this year, said: “We had some fantastic entries this year, the young people of Ealing are clearly a very talented bunch and they certainly didn’t make the judges task easy.”
Councillor Mason added: “It was a very tough decision, but Mia’s design really encapsulated the spirit of the competition and what it means to have a healthy, happy Ealing Christmas. The other winning and special commendation designs will be on the inside of the card.”
Other winners include Gurnoor Singh from Clifton Primary School receives a special commendation for his entry in the 7-11 age category.
The winner in the under 6 age category was Noël Irwin-Steele from West Acton Primary School and Ashleigh Felix, also from Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, was the winner in the 12-18 age category.
Ashleigh’s design will be used for the front of a card from Councillor Lauren Wall, cabinet member for genuinely affordable homes, which will go to all council tenants while Ealing’s chief executive, Tony Clements, will use Noël’s design for his e-card and staff in the council senior leadership team will be sending an e-card with Gurnoor’s design.
Gurnoor said: “I chose to include these things on my Christmas sports card because I enjoy sports and these are some of my favourite sports.”
Ashleigh, winner of the 12-18 age category said: “I’m very happy that I won.”
Noël revealed her inspiration for the card was that she: “Wanted to give other kids in Ealing ideas on how they can keep healthy and thought if she used Santa and his helpers on the card that it would make them want to give it a go.”