How to Enter and Competition Rules

Catholic schools from the Diocese of Wollongong are invited to take part in The Christmas Story 2019  – a visual arts exhibition and competition for children in Stage 3 (Years 5 and 6). This is an initiative of the Catholic Education Offices in Wollongong and Sydney to celebrate and explore children’s creative and artistic ability in illustrating the Christmas story.

This exhibition and competition provides the opportunity for teachers to select artworks from Years 5 and 6 to share with the wider community and create a greater awareness of the role of the arts in Religious Education. Children can develop deeper appreciation for their talents and recognise the value of the arts in expressing understandings of the Catholic faith.


The subject matter is drawn from the Religious Education Curriculum and includes additional verses from the Gospel of Matthew.
See the full text of the below Scripture passages here. 



‘Journey to Bethlehem’ 
Luke 2:3-5

Prepare the Way’
Isaiah 40:3-5

The Birth of Jesus & the Visit of the Shepherds’
Luke 2:9-14

The Birth of Jesus and Visit of the Magi’
Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:9-12

Journey to Bethlehem’ 
Luke 2:3-5

The Annunciation’
Luke 1:26-36

The Flight to Egypt’
Matthew 2:13-15

The Birth of Jesus and Visit of the Magi’ 
Matthew 1:18-25, Matthew 2:9-12 

This year the judges are again looking for artworks that reflect an understanding and interpretation of one of the scripture verses that also includes authentic imagery from the time of Jesus. This imagery can be represented in any style. Students can consider tableware, clothing, architecture, vegetation, food and other aspects of their visual representation of the scriptures. 

See our Resources Page for further inspiration and examples of artworks from previous years.

How to enter

Each school in the Diocese is invited to select a maximum of six (6) artworks for the exhibition and competition – three (3) from Year 5 and three (3) from Year 6 – for the exhibition and competition.

  • Quality of presentation is a criterion for selection and awarding of prizes.
  • Each artwork must be framed to comply with exhibition guidelines of the Wollongong Art Gallery (Please do not mount artworks in frames with glass). Artworks can be painted on a stretched canvas or a canvas board or mounted on foam-core within the frame.

  • Diptych, triptych and other multiple-image artworks MUST be mounted on one board. 

  • Minimum size for artwork is 30cm x 40cm; maximum size is 80cm x 120cm.

  • Artworks may be landscape or portrait mode. 

  • Each artwork entry must have a separate printed copy of the CEDoW entry template attached to the back of the work. The entry template requires a title and brief explanation (strict maximum of 200 words) written by the students and is an important component of the judging criteria. The student’s intention for the artwork, media selected and scriptural connection are especially important for the awards.
  • An electronic copy of the entry template must be included in the Google Drive folder set up by CEDoW by 4pm on Friday, 20 September 2019. (Please do not change the template font size, style or colour.) This has been shared with all Religious Education Coordinators.

  • Before submitting entries, teachers are asked to proofread the writing of students to ensure that their explanations are free of any spelling and grammatical errors.

Validating the artwork of students

Teachers should be able to validate each artwork as that of the child and have witnessed the child create a significant portion of the work at school. Teachers must also ensure any artists or artworks that have inspired any entry are acknowledged.

competition DUE DATE

Artworks should be packaged and delivered no later than 4pm on Friday, 20 September 2019 to:

Claire Cooney 
Catholic Life, Education & Mission Team
Catholic Education Office
86-88 Market St
Wollongong NSW 2500

See our Key Dates Page for more information on the judging and exhibition dates.



For further information please contact either:

Cath Hailstone
Education Officer - Primary
Catholic Life, Education and Mission Team        

Ph: (02) 4253 0838

John Charadia
Education Officer
School Improvement/Specialist Support

Ph: (02) 4253 0966


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