I was delighted that Torry Development Trust was successful in raising sufficient money to reinstate the Torry Christmas lights on Victoria Road.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and individuals, there are now six lights along the main shopping area and a further three near the Mansefield Road junction creating a festive feel for Christmas shoppers.
Dame Anne Begg, MP for Aberdeen South, is pleased to announce that this year’s winner for her Christmas card competition is Kristin Bruce, P6, at Tullos Primary School.
This year’s competition was judged by Made in Aberdeen Emerging Talent Winner Amber Robertson who had the challenging task of choosing only one winner from almost 1,000 entries.
Dame Anne said: “There were so many fantastic cards from school pupils across Aberdeen South and I appreciate the effort that they have put into their submissions this year. I am, therefore, delighted to be able to present everyone who entered with a certificate.
“Thanks also go to Asda Bridge of Dee who have kindly displayed all the cards on the windows along the checkouts and will also be hosting the prize giving for the winner and runner up on Friday 12th December.
“Finally, I would like to say thank you to all the local businesses who made donations towards the prizes for the winner and runner ups.”
Kristin’s design will be made into Dame Anne’s official Christmas card this year. The card will also feature the entries of the six runners up which were chosen by the judge. This year’s runners up are: Danielle Szynol, P1, Kirkhill Primary School; Thea Livingstone, P2, Tullos Primary School; Cara Harvey, P4, Hazlehead Primary School; Claire Strowger, P5, Hazlehead Primary School; En Ming Soh, L6A, Albyn School; and Maurizio De Gennaro Sorrentino, L7B, Albyn School.
Dame Anne received correspondence from Primary 5 pupils at Walker Road School and S1/S2 pupils at Kincorth Academy highlighting their disappointment that many children still have to learn in overcrowded classes as there are not enough teachers. They also enclosed drawings of their ideal teacher listing attributes such as helpful, approachable, encouraging and caring.
Dame Anne said, “Every year I receive correspondence from local schools supporting the ‘Send my Friend to School’ campaign and it is heartening to see local children in Aberdeen South campaigning on behalf of other children around the world.
“I am sure that teachers will also be reassured that the pupils have given so much thought to what makes an ideal teacher.”
On Friday 14th December Dame Anne presided over a prize giving ceremony for the winner and runners-up of her 2012 Christmas Card Competition at the ASDA, Bridge of Dee.
Primary 1 pupil, Lucas Norwood from Hamilton School was selected as the winner by judge Shelagh Swanson, Owner and Resident Artist at Oil & Glass in Torry.
Six runners up were also chosen and they were: Catherine Bell, P1, Albyn School; Bethany South, P2, Kirkhill Primary School; Ceili Reilly, Class 5, The International School of Aberdeen; Kelci-Jade Beedie, P5, Kirkhill Primary School; Fraser Joss, P6/7, Culter Primary School; and En-Li Soh, L6B, Albyn School.
And Dame Anne was joined by a special guest to help hand out the prizes.
Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, the winner and runners up were awarded some fantastic prizes, with the winner receiving a Nintendo 3DS. Thanks also go to Asda for hosting the prize giving in their cafe.
Dame Anne said: “Over the years that I have run my Christmas Card competition, it has really grown and I am always amazed at the quality and creativity of the entries I receive every year.
“We received almost 1,000 submissions this year and it is clear that the pupils put a lot of time and effort into their designs. I would, therefore, like to thank all those who took the time to submit an entry this year and I enjoyed meeting the winner and runners-up in person to hand over their prizes.”
The winner of Dame Anne’s Christmas Card Competition has been announced as Lucas Norwood from the Hamilton School. The competition was judged on Monday 19th November by Shelagh Swanson, Owner and Resident Artist at Oil and Glass in Torry.
With 1,000 entries from schools across Aberdeen South, it was very challenging for the judge to pick only one winner. Dame Anne said: “There were so many fantastic cards from school pupils across Aberdeen South and I appreciate the effort that they have put into their submissions this year. I am, therefore, delighted to be able to present everyone who entered with a certificate.”
Thanks also go to to Asda Bridge of Dee who have kindly displayed all the cards on the windows along the checkouts. If any of the pupils who submitted entries want to take their card away with them they are more than welcome to do so. Asda will also be hosting the prize giving for the winner and runner up.
Finally, thank you to all the local business who made donations towards the prizes for the winner and runner ups.
Lucas Norwood, Glamis – P1 at Hamilton School.
En-Li Soh, L6B, Albyn School
Ceili Reilly, Class 5, The International School of Aberdeen
Dame Anne was delighted to be asked to judge the Boys’ Brigade Christmas Card competition this year. Over 500 cards were entered from members across the North of Scotland. Below is a picture of Dame Anne judging the competition with secretary, Jenny Slater.
Dame Anne was delighted to be invited to Woodend Nursery to celebrate World School Milk Day and the benefits of drinking milk.
Dame Anne said “ I am supporting World School Milk Day and the school milk scheme as I am aware of the positive effect it has in encouraging children to drink milk throughout their childhood, ensuring they develop healthy bones. I remember drinking milk as a child and I still love it.”
World School Milk Day is organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and is celebrated in over 30 countries around the world.
Along with over 200 notable people in technology, business and politics, Dame Anne Begg MP was asked what her ideal Christmas present would be this year. The list was compiled as part of the 2011 PostDesk Christmas project and it certainly makes for interesting, and at times thought provoking, humorous and insightful read.