The stamp of approval for arty Bearsden school pupils

Killermont Primary School, Bearsden'Ewan Bond 5 and Marifer Rodriguez 7 winners of Christmas stamp Design with Head Teacher Miss Smith and Cllr Maureen Henry.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Thursday 19th Sept 2013.
Killermont Primary School, Bearsden'Ewan Bond 5 and Marifer Rodriguez 7 winners of Christmas stamp Design with Head Teacher Miss Smith and Cllr Maureen Henry.'Photo by Paul Mc Sherry Thursday 19th Sept 2013.

Two Killermont Primary school pupils have been shortlisted to represent Scotland in the Royal Mail’s Christmas Stamp competition.

Ewan Bond (5) and Marifer Rodriquez (7) beat thousands of youngsters from throughout Scotland to be judged one of the best 10 entries for their stamp designs.

Entrants were asked to interpret ‘What does Christmas mean to you?’ into their design.

Both Bearsden children won £100 in vouchers and also another £100 for their school.

All 10 shortlisted entries will then go forward and the top two designs from these will form part of eigth entries that will represent Scotland in the national finals.

These National finals will be judged by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Elspeth Smith, Head Teacher of Killermont Primary School, said: “Everyone at Killermont is very proud of Ewan and Marifer’s achievements in this competition.

“We have all got our fingers crossed that we will be sticking their designs on our Christmas Cards this year.”

Councillor Maureen Henry, vice-convener of education, said: “I’m delighted for the youngsters - to come this far in a national competition it is an outstanding achievement. Their entries are exceptional and I am sure that if chosen their designs will make excellent postage stamps. I wish them well in the next stage.”

The two lucky winner will see their designs on the 1st and 2nd Class Christmas stamps this year.

Only twice before has Royal Mail run a competition like this – in 1966 and 1981 – so this is the first opportunity for more than 30 years for school pupils to design an official Royal Mail Christmas stamp.