Ailsa’s snowman to grace council Christmas card

Girl holds image of a snowman, with a woman and man either side of her

Published: Friday, 1st December 2017

A snazzy snowman-inspired design from a primary six pupil at Kingsland Primary School in Peebles has been chosen as our official Christmas card.

Ailsa Jarvis’ drawing was selected from over 300 entries submitted by children at the school.

Our Convener David Parker is planning to select a school from a different part of the Borders each year to produce the artwork for the Christmas card and Kingsland was the first one chosen to take part.

Prize winners

The Convener was joined by Leader Shona Haslam and Vice Convener Tom Weatherston to select the winning entry, a runner-up and third place. Ailsa won a £25 book token, with second placed Morgan Hamilton (primary 7) and third placed Nancy Thomson (primary 2) also receiving prizes.

Ailsa Jarvis:

"I thought it was a dream. I have never won anything like this before! I am really excited that my card will be all over the Scottish Borders and beyond.”

Councillor David Parker:

“I was delighted that Kingsland Primary School was able to be the first school to take part in designing the Council Christmas card. The competition was an excellent one and the card designs were of a very high quality. It was a really tough decision to select the final design.

“Ailsa’s design was a bold bright traditional Christmas card and it caught our imagination. The card will be sent to many people over the festive season with about 98% of the cards being electronic.

“It was great meeting all the children at Kingsland. A big thanks must go to headteacher Jacqueline Wilson and her staff along with all the pupils for their hard work and support in creating the Council Christmas card.”

As well as the book token Ailsa will receive a small supply of Christmas cards to send to family and friends.