Catholic primary school students from across the Diocese have again produced stunning works of art for the 2016 Christmas Story Art Competition and Exhibition.
This event, a wonderful celebration of the spirituality and creativity of Year 5 and 6 students, highlights the role of the arts in Religious Education, and provides an opportunity for the students to reflect upon their understanding and interpretation of the Scripture of Advent and Christmas from the Religious Education Curriculum.
This year 53 artworks were chosen for exhibition in the Wollongong City Art Gallery. These were selected from over 160 shortlisted entries, which were in turn selected from 1000 entries from Stage 3 students across the Wollongong Diocese!
At the exhibition opening, an expert panel of judges, including Mr John Monteleone, Director of Wollongong Art Gallery, and Mr John Charadia from the Catholic Education Office in Wollongong, had the difficult job of narrowing the finalists down to fourteen. These artworks were shipped to Sydney at the conclusion of the exhibition, to be included in the Archdiocese of Sydney’s Christmas Story Art Exhibition, which opens on the first Sunday of Advent in St Mary’s Cathedral Crypt, and four of the artists from this group received major awards on the night.
Congratulations to all of the student artists, their families and teachers who supported them, and all involved in the organization of the exhibition. And special congratulations to the following major prize winners:
BISHOP'S CHOICE AWARD
Our Lady Help of Christians Rosemeadow
DIRECTOR'S CHRISTMAS STORY AWARD
St Mary’s Eagle Vale
CATHOLIC-CARE STAR OF HOPE AWARD
St Joseph's Bulli
NCEC (National Catholic Education Commission) AWARD
St Patrick's, Port Kembla