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Janina Millman wins prestigious Christmas card design

Friday 15th December 2017

Janina Millman wins prestigious Christmas card design

Bishop Martin presented Janina Millman, who attends Elmsett Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School near Hadleigh, a prize for designing the winning card.

The Church of England in Suffolk invited church schools across the county to enter the Christmas card competition, to design an image for use across the St Edmundsbury and Ipswich Diocese during December. Entries came in from pupils aged from 5 to 11 this term, with children using coloured pencils, felt pens and crayons to produce a wide range of depictions of the Christmas story.

The nine-year-old primary school pupil, Janina said: "I thought about the Christmas story and when Jesus died on the cross and put the two ideas together and got the card.”

Bishop Martin, presented Janina with her prize, The Lion Storyteller Book of Parables, during a presentation at his home in Ipswich.  Bishop Martin said: “I love the symbolism of Janina’s card. At Christmas we celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace and rejoice with the angels, the shepherds and the wise men. We also look ahead to Easter, and Janina’s card shows that really wonderfully.”

Elaine Burdiss, Headteacher at Elmsett CEVCP School, said: “I am so pleased that one of our pupils has been successful in winning the competition. Christmas forms an important part of our celebrating together as a school.”

Jane Sheat, Diocesan Director of Education, added: “We want to give children the opportunity to understand the meaning of Christmas and this is one way of helping them to explore what it is all about.  Well done to all those who took part, and congratulations to Janina.”