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Happy Creative Christmas!
Some of the beautiful work by children.

The creativity of children has been harnessed in several Christmas Cards produced around the Archdiocese.

The Catholic Education Office held its annual competition among students at Catholic schools for its corporate Christmas Card, while students at St Virgil’s College Junior School produced colourful packs of cards featuring their art work for sale to school families.

Calvary Hospital had over 500 entries in their Christmas Card Competition which had the theme ‘A Compassionate Christmas’.

Director of Mission at Calvary in Hobart, Belinda Clarke, said “According to the dictionary, ‘compassion’ is the feeling of empathy for others. It  is the emotion that we feel in response to the suffering of others that motivates a desire to help… obviously here at Calvary we strive in everything that we do to deliver compassionate care to all the people we engage with – patients, families and carers…

“When we sent out the invitation to be involved in the competition we were overwhelmed with the response…… hundreds of students from across Tasmania got out their crayons, paints, cardboard, colour, glitters, charcoal… to respond to what a compassionate Christmas looks like to them. . Michael Leunig recently spoke at Fullers – in his speech  he spoke about true artists – he said that in his experience it is in children that  we see true artists as they are not afraid to be creative and not bound by convention – they also paint, draw and colour for the fun of it – for the creative process. I would have to say in running this competition I agree with Leunig – our entries were delightful.”

The three top entries were reproduced beautifully on cards for sale at the kiosks at Calvary Hospital and one was chosen as an ecard sent out by Calvary Care nationally. St Mary’s College, Hobart, won the prize for the best school. The first place winner was Jayde from Grade Four at St Mary's, second prize went to Kensuke from Princes Street and in third place was Celeste also from St Mary's.

Kathryn Berry, CEO of Calvary, noted at the prize giving that “these cards will go across Australia as a symbol of the compassionate care we deliver  and as a reminder that at the heart of our hospital is the spirit of Jesus which we celebrate at Christmas.”