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Creative school children have been getting into the Christmas spirit by helping a North East housing association to design their company Christmas card.

Pupils from St. Lawrence Primary School in Byker were invited by the Byker Community Trust (BCT) to draw or paint a picture that could be used on the front cover of their card this year and also on the front cover of Byker News, the BCT’s tenants’ newsletter.

The invitation was open to the whole school with winners selected from each year group receiving an extra special Christmas present from the BCT.

The judges were very impressed with the quality of the designs but 10 year old Lucia Benedetti from year five was the overall winner with her colourful drawing of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.

Staff from the BCT made a special visit to school assembly this week to present prizes to all winners.

David Jones, Head of Engagement and Community Development from the BCT, said:

“We are always keen to work with the local community and thought it would be a great idea to involve all the pupils to design our corporate Christmas card.

The children did a fantastic job and we were very impressed with the high calibre of designs and entries from all year groups.  It was a very difficult decision to pick an overall winner because they were all good but Lucia’s drawing was just perfect and I would like to thank all the children who took the time to create their designs and to the teachers of St. Lawrence’s who helped us with the competition.”

Paul Brown, Headmaster at St Lawrence’s Primary School, said:

“We were honoured to be asked to take part in the competition and I know that all of the children thoroughly enjoyed taking part. The children put their heart and soul into it as they always do. We would like to thank the Byker Community Trust for working with us on this project and look forward to continuing this partnership in future.”

The winners from each year group were Rafal Bien (reception), Maddison Turnbull (year one), Alicia Watson (year two), Daniel Sadi (year three), Wadik Mahder (year four) and Jenna Banks (year six).

The BCT owns and manages 1,800 homes on the Byker Estate and is carrying out a major regeneration programme of improvements to create high quality sustainable housing in Byker.