Jesus through the eyes of children: drawing competition for elementary students

Jesus through the eyes of children

Drawing competition for elementary students

Scholastic Year 2007

The Catechetical Office of the Latin Patriarchate in Jerusalem, organized a competition on the best drawing expressing “The Birth of Jesus the Birth of Peace.” The competition attracted a wide response from schools and students.

Seven Jerusalem schools participated: Lasallian Brothers, Terra Sancta Boys and Girls, Sisters of St. Joseph, Sisters of the Rosary, Schmidt, Our Lady of the Pilar, and the St. Dimiana Coptic College. Twelve Ramallah schools participated: Latin Patriarchate Schools (Ramallah - Birzeit - Al-Taybeh - Aboud - Jifna - Ain Arik), Friends, Our Lady of Annunciation, Raja Lutheran, The Arabic Episcopal Evangelist, Sisters of St. Joseph (Ramallah - Nablus).

Seven Bethlehem schools participated: Sisters of St. Joseph, Lasallian Brothers Rosary Sisters, Talita Qumi – LPS, Beit Jala, Greek Catholics, Beit Sahour, Terra Santa, Jericho.

The total number of participating students from the three areas was 1133: 250 from Jerusalem, 516 from Ramallah, 376 from Bethlehem.

The Catechetical Office formed three committees, according to region, with expertise in art to evaluate these drawings, and to ensure the integrity of the result. The Office assigned to each regional committee the task of evaluating the drawings of other regions.

To encourage the talents of all participants, the office prepared for all students who sent drawings a certificate of appreciation, specially designed at the Latin Patriarchate Press in Beit Jala, to be distributed on the day of the celebration.

The Office organized three celebrations to announce the result of the competition in each region. Participating Schools’ representatives (administration, teachers, students, and the evaluation committees) gathered in their respective areas: the Jerusalem on Friday, January 12, 2007, held at Lasallian Brothers Secondary School under the patronage of Father Abed Al-Masih Fahim, Secretary General of Christian Education Institutions, at 3:30 - 5:00 pm; Ramallah, on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 at  the LPS Theater, under the patronage of Father Emil Salayta, at 11:00 - 2:00 pm; Bethlehem, held on Thursday, January 18, 2007 at the Terra Sancta School Theater under the patronage of Father Majdi Al-Syriani at 3:30 - 5:00 pm.

The program for the celebrations in the three regions was as follows:

Opening speech by Sister Virginie Habib, in which she welcomed and thanked all the attendees and shed light on the pedagogical and religious goals of this competition, followed by a word from the party's patron, and after that Christmas carols were sung: in Jerusalem by the Rosary Sisters choir, in Ramallah, by the LPS choir  and in Bethlehem by St. Joseph Sisters choir, followed by PowerPoint and Slides-show presentations of the most beautiful set of competing paintings.

The winners were:

Jerusalem: (first place) Sherine Abu Hadid, fifth grade, St. Joseph sisters - (second place), Maria Lubat, fourth grade, Schmidt - (third place) Leila Bahbah, second grade, Schmidt.

Ramallah: (First place) Maria Samaan, fifth grade, St. Joseph School (second place), Josiane Sababa, third grade, Our Lady of Annunciation Greek Catholic (third place) Raneem Dhiab, fifth grade, Latin Patriarchate - Birzeit.

Sr. Virginie Habib