Over 1500 children share their magical images of Christmas
It was surprise time for children and teachers last week as MP Helen Grant arrived at primary schools all over her constituency to award prizes to her Christmas card 2017 competition winners.
There were goodies for the best in each school, with five achieving a 'Highly Commended' award.
The overall winner, who's design has become the cover of Helen's official card for 2017, was Grace Tucker aged 6 from Sissinghurst C of E primary school. She wins a trip to the Houses of Parliament with her parents where, among other activities, they will enjoy a cream tea with Helen and a stroll on the river terrace.
All of those who entered have received a special certificate signed by Helen and the Highyl Commended's designs are also printed on the reverse of the Helen's card.
Teachers were not left empty handed either; The Head Teachers from the school with the most entries (as a proportion of their pupil numbers) also received prizes. The winning school was Loose Primary.
Helen said 'I was quite overwhelmed with the number and quality of entries this year. Over 1500 came in from 11 schools and I had to convene a small committee to decide upon the winners. It was then such a delight to surprise the winning children at their schools. Many of their parents were there too and it was really quite emotional for all involved'.
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