Christmas Card Competition Winners

By Fiona Wilkins - December 12th, 2023 | Posted in Article

Well done to Abhijot in Amersham class who scooped first prize in the annual Christmas Card competition organised for pupils by Orchard Hill College & Academy Trust. You can view Abhijot’s winning entry above.

There are well over 2000 pupils attending academies across the Trust and every year there are hundreds of entries for the judge to choose from. But after much deliberation Louise Pasquill, an Art Educator and Illustrator who is independent from the Trust, chose Abhijot’s entry saying:

“This subtle, soft, fun painting has many endearing qualities.  Mr and Mrs Snowman light up the picture with their cheerful red Mr and Mrs scarves and their expressions.  Sharing a walk under lamplight, they bring a nostalgic memory of Christmas.  Together, they look as though they’re emerging from a chilly country walk in times gone by when men wore top hats, like in Charles Dickens Christmas story A Christmas Carol.  The smiles of the snowy couple warm my heart and bring a message of companionship and love at Christmas.  Well done”

Abhijot will receive an Amazon voucher, framed certificate and a box of Christmas cards printed with their festive design.

The judge also awarded Mia in Newbury Class second prize for her design below.

Mia Jaca Age 14 Arbour Vale School Newbury class Copy

She described Mia’s design:

“A joyful snowy Christmas scene!  The designer has carefully constructed this artwork using different proportions to illustrate the story.  The a colour scheme links elements together such as the holly and the tree, whilst the ribbons contrast with the wrapping paper.  The bright blue sky brings the whole picture together.  The characters happy expressions are endearing and the Christmas decorations are so delicate, especially the shining star on the top of the tree.  Very well done.”


We had a record number of pupils entering the competition this year and are pleased that a number of them were recognised as Highly Commended. They will each receive a certificate for their entry.

Some of the festive designs by Arbour Vale School pupils are reproduced in the gallery below.