Faye has designs on the season

The National College for School Leadership Christmas e-card designed by Ponteland High Year 12 student Faye Milburn.
The National College for School Leadership Christmas e-card designed by Ponteland High Year 12 student Faye Milburn.
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A PONTELAND High School student’s Christmas creation is popping up in the mailboxes of VIPs and schools all over the country.

Representatives of the National College for School Leadership were so impressed by the standard of artwork produced by Pont pupils, which they saw during a visit earlier in the year, that they invited the school to design their 2011 Christmas e-card.

Teachers organised a competition which was open to all art students in Years 9 to 13, and a portfolio of designs from ten finalists was sent off.

Year 12 student Faye Milburn’s striking design, featuring a traditional red post-box on a starlit, snowy winter’s night, was finally selected to convey the college’s festive wishes.

“It was a little weird designing a Christmas card in September and I never dreamt that mine would actually win,” she said.

The National College for School Leadership aims to bring on the next generation of headteachers and other senior leaders to ensure strong leadership of schools, children’s centres and children’s services.

Its Christmas card e-mailing list includes Prime Minister David Cameron, Secretary of State for Education Michael Gove and other leading national figures, as well as every school in the UK.

Ponteland High’s Head of Art Karen Murphy said: “The fact that our students’ art so impressed the National College representatives is evidence of the high standard of work produced at our school and the quality of Christmas e-cards submitted was fantastically good.”