Sir Malcolm Bruce visited St Andrew’s School last week to present a third place prize winner in his annual Christmas card competition.
The Prize went to 11-year-old Freya Laird-Bisset from Sauchen whose colourful interpretation of “Christmas 2012” showed the Olympic torch in the shape of a Christmas tree, the Olympic rings and a wrapped parcel.
Sir Malcolm said: “It answered this year’s theme perfectly”.
The competition, which has been running for 15 years now, has always attracted a good number of entrants from various schools throughout the shire, but it is the first time a pupil from St Andrew’s has been a prize winner.
Sir Malcolm explained: “As always, the standard of entries has been very high from schools from across the constituency. When we do the judging, we don’t know which school the entries come from, we simply pick out the ones that jump out at us, and I was really pleased to learn that one of the winners came from St Andrew’s.
“In the end it is really difficult to pick out the winners, there isn’t a lot of difference between them.”
Freya was delighted with her prize of a book token and certificate. Class teacher, Sandra Harper said: “It’s a first for St Andrew’s and we are delighted for Freya and for the school.”
The winner of the competition was ten-year-old P6 pupil, Kirsten Henderson from Kennethmont Primary School, whose artwork became Sir Malcolm’s Christmas card which he sent out to all his colleagues in the constituency and at Westminster, including the Prime Minister.
In second place was P7 pupil, Niamh Milton of Kintore Primary School and joint third was Emily Mowat, P7 pupil from Braehead Primary School.
All three runner up entries are shown on the back of Sir Malcolm’s Christmas card which was not funded by Parliamentary allowance.