Our Christmas Card competition kicks off

Christmas card winner 2016

Ahead of Christmas, YPO has launched a nationwide search for a budding artist whose design will appear on its corporate Christmas card, which will be sent to the company’s contacts, including customers, suppliers and partners.

YPO is calling on teachers and early years staff to encourage children to create imaginative and festive designs that it can imprint upon its corporate greeting to spread the holiday cheer.

The competition is open to primary school children (aged 5-11) and early years children (aged 2-4) across the UK, with two prizes for each age range up for grabs.

Entries will be judged by YPO, with the winning designs demonstrating a fun look and feel, as well as good use of colour and a variety of arts and crafts materials, such as glitter flakes or sequins. The design must be created on a folded A4 sheet of paper and include the child’s name, age, school/nursery and a few words on the inspiration behind the design. It should also include the teacher’s or staff member’s contact details.

The winners will receive family tickets to a local pantomime and a ‘Winter Scene Gingerbread House Classroom Display’ for their class. YPO staff will visit the winner’s school and set up, along with the teacher and pupils, a ‘winter scene’ consisting of an gingerbread play house and Christmas trees to add plenty of festive cheer and sparkle to the setting.

To enter, teachers or nursery staff simply need to email a scan of the design or post the design created by the pupil in an envelope to YPO, addressing Fiona Wilkins, on [email protected] or YPO Christmas Card Competition, 41 Industrial Park, Wakefield, WF2 0XE.

The competition will close at 5pm on Friday 24th November and a winner will be announced before the end of the month.

Jo Marshall, Executive Director at YPO, said: “Arts and crafts is a significant part of the overall learning experience, and the festive season provides us with a great opportunity to involve pupils in creating something fun and unique. Our Christmas card competition is designed to do just that, by getting children to help us spread the cheer, while having the chance to earn a memorable experience for their families and classmates. That’s why we’re encouraging children to participate and start creating some wonderful designs for us to choose from, developing their artistic skills in the process.”

Recently, YPO launched its Christmas and Celebrations 2017 range which includes around 700 products to help teachers and pupils bring the festive period to life.