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Local schools art competition award ceremony

Posted on 02 January, 2019

Local schools art competition award ceremony

The annual prize-giving ceremony of the fifth Watford Inter-Schools Christmas Art Competition held recently at The Stanborough Centre in Garston. The event is sponsored by the Co-op as part of its involvement in community projects and is organised one of its employees, Enoch Kanageraj.

Each year since 2013 children from local schools are invited to submit a Christmas-themed picture in any medium of their choice - collage, paint, felt-tips, pencil etc to the competition with the aim of winning a prize. This year children, aged 5-11 years from seven schools in Watford and neighbouring Hemel Hempstead submitted their pictures which were divided into two age groups: 5-7 and 7-11 reflecting the infant and junior stages of primary education and were judged by a team of three which included a local sculptor. Each age group was awarded first, second and third prizes in addition to a number of entries being awarded highly commended or commended status.

A large number of the children who entered - from all ethnic backgrounds - and their parents turned up to support the competition's Award Ceremony at The Stanborough Centre on 13th December. The walls of the hall were decorated for the occasion with more than 100 pictures which were submitted. Prizes, paid for by the Co-op, were presented by the Chair of Watford Borough Council, Cllr. Rabi Martins. 

The Leader of the church's Community Chaplaincy Group, Enoch Kanageraj, is a Co-op employee at a local store and was able to obtain the organisation's sponsorship for the event. Senior members of the Co-op staff attended including a member of the company's senior management, based in Southampton, who spoke to the audience of the Co-op's sponsorship of the event and its various community projects that the company gets involved in.

Stanborough Park Church was also represented by Pastor Geert Tapp who presented a prize of £100 donated by its Community Chaplaincy Service to each of the winning schools to be spent on art materials.

The overall winner was Leona Blake from Stanborough Primary School who submitted a picture of a homeless person receiving a Christmas gift from a passer-by.