Full of promise

02 January 2015

WELL done to Jessica Newell, only six years old, who won the diocesan church schools' competition, in St Edmundsbury & Ipswich diocese, to design a Christmas card showing the three wise men on their camels. A total of 88 schools had been invited to enter, and children aged five to 11 submitted designs, using a variety of artistic methods to produce a range of images of the Christmas story.

"We had a record number of entries this year, 179 in all, and a high standard," said Jane Sheat, diocesan director of education. Of Jessica's entry she said: "We particularly liked the wise men, travelling full of expectation and hope."

Jessica received her prize, a special copy of the Lion's Classic Bible, from the Bishop of Huntington, Dr David Thomson, who is overseeing the diocese in the absence of a diocesan bishop. As he presented the prize, Dr Thomson said: "We have been thinking about pilgrims in this centenary year of our diocese, and here are three early pilgrims making their way to see Jesus." Jessica said she had chosen to do the wise men because she liked "funny-looking" camels.

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