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Foreign Language Christmas Card Competition

Monday, 4 November, 2019 - 09:00 to Monday, 2 December, 2019 - 17:00
Event Type: 
West Midlands
National - Open to all Primary and Secondary Schools in England this year!

This is a national competition open to schools in all regions in England.

Learn about Christmas traditions in different countries by taking part in our Christmas Card Design competition!

Routes into Languages West Midlands will be sending out Christmas e-cards to all of our contacts and would like to invite students from Reception to year 10 from schools in England to participate in our Foreign Language Christmas Card Design Competition.

We would like the students to design a card which shows the Christmas traditions of another country. Pupils should research and design their card using, if they wish, a variety of materials. 

Entries can be submitted in any foreign langauge – N.B. entries containing English language will not be accepted.

Each card should be no larger than a sheet of A4 paper and must be completed by hand but any form of materials can be used – felt tips, paint, fabric etc. Judges will be looking for originality of illustration as well as accuracy of language and content.

The competition is open to pupils in Reception to year 10 and the winning entries from Primary and Secondary will be used as our Christmas E-cards for 2019. The two winners will also receive a £10 National Book token each.

The winning entries will also be displayed around the School of Languages and Social Sciences at Aston University and will feature on our website. They may also be used in publicity materials in future.  N.B. We will only use the year group and school name of the winners in any publicity, not the name of the student.

Each entry MUST be clearly marked on the back with the pupil’s name, age, year group, teacher and school, as well as any necessary information about the language(s) chosen (i.e. if it is a less widely learned language) to facilitate judging. When sending school entries, teachers should provide a covering note with their contact details for ease of notifying winners. All entries will be disposed of in our confidential waste once judging is completed.

Please note that entries cannot be returned, we advise making a scanned copy for pupils who wish to retain their work. In the event of insufficient entries of good quality, no prize will be awarded; the Judges’ decision is final.

We hope that you will encourage your pupils to take part in this competition. The deadline for submission of entries will be Monday 2 December 2019. Please note any entries submitted after this date will not be included and we are unable to extend the closing date for individual schools.

Please send your entries to: Claire Richards, Project Manager, Routes into Languages West Midlands, Room MB777, School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University, Aston Triangle, Birmingham B4 7ET. If you have any queries please email us at or call 0121 204 4720.

We are very grateful for the generous funding we have received from Santander Universities which has enabled us to offer the prizes for this competition.