Richmond Methodist School Christmas card to be sent to the Queen

The Richmond mayor’s annual Christmas card competition has still taken place despite the pandemic, with the winning card set to bve sent to the Queen.

Due to the restrictions placed on schools due to Covid-19, Richmond Methodist School was unable to welcome mayor Cllr Lorraine Hodgson into school this year to discus the competition.

Instead, the mayor was attended a whole school assembly held on-line which included a virtual tour of the Town Hall.

During the assembly, Mrs Hodgson inspired the children from nursery to Year 6 to create designs for the Christmas card competition which she will send out to VIP’s locally and nationally.

The children asked if the mayor would be sending one to the Queen, Boris Johnson and even President Trump.

The school council worked with the mayor to chose the themes for the different age groups across our school.

The nursery children drew snowmen, the children in reception impressed everyone with their Christmas pictures and the children in Years 1 and 2 designed a North Pole Christmas card.

The children in Years 3 and 4 used different art materials and mixed media to create scenes from the Nativity and the oldest children focused on Richmond for their designs, which included the legend of the drummer boy, scenes from the Castle, river, market place and Obelisk.

Headteacher Sharon Stevenson said: “Their designs were impressive and having a real purpose for learning makes such a positive difference to the quality of the children’s designs.

“It was so much fun to work with the mayor and support our local community and I would like to say a huge thank you to Mrs Hodgson for making this happen from all of us at RMS.”

Some of the card designs.

Cllr Hodgson said: “I gave all the children from Richmond Methodist Primary School some craft card and they have all decorated it for me to attach to cards.

“It means all my Christmas cards will be unique — there were some fantastic designs.

“I now have to choose a design to go to the Queen.”

She said her plan was to run the competition with different schools in the future.