Animal theme wins trip, computer
A Christmas card design by 10-year-old Farhana Leffernis has been selected out of 11,952 entries as the overall winner of the Northcott Society’s seventh annual Christmas Card Competition.
Farhana, from St Joseph’s School, Enfield, won a Gold Coast holiday for herself and her family plus an Alpha Smart computer companion for winning the primary school division of the competition as well.
Students from 336 primary and high schools around NSW entered the competition, which was judged by Australian artist and Archibald prizewinner Garry Shead.
Jake Partridge, 10, from St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired Children, Mayfield, was runner-up in the disability division and eight-year-old Nicola Todd from Our Lady of the Rosary, Waitara, received an honourable mention certificate in the disability division as well.
Garry Shead praised teachers and students for their enthusiasm in entering the competition. “It’s clear that NSW art teachers are bringing out the best in their students,” he said.
“There is so much pleasure, joy and goodwill in the works.”
The Northcott Society provides services to people with disabilities and their families throughout NSW.
Each year, the society’s Christmas Card Competition invites all children of school age in NSW to design the front of a Christmas card as a way of raising the awareness of disability issues within schools.