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Aylesbury Vale school wins Waddesdon Christmas competition

The Manor ran a challenge for schools across the area.

Published by Dan Gooding at 12:42pm 21st January 2020. (Updated at 12:43pm 21st January 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury Vale school wins Waddesdon Christmas competition

A school in Aylesbury Vale has won a competition run by Waddesdon Manor over Christmas.

Throughout the Christmas period, visitors to the National Trust property in Buckinghamshire could vote for their favourite artwork down Miss Alice's Drive, created by over 1,000 children from nearby schools.

From the 12 Days of Christmas to Good King Wenceslas, 20 music-themed lightboxes were decorated by local schools, inspired by Waddesdon's 'music' theme. 

Visitors were invited to vote for their favourite Christmas creation with any loose change, and in total over 43,566 votes were cast.

This week Furze Down was presented with the £2,309.68, which they plan to either use on a residential trip, or to buy a school goat. 

Waddesdon Manor light boxes Christmas 2019

Elle Mansfield, teacher at Furze Down School, said:

"My students loved creating the light box.

"We always enjoy a trip to Waddesdon but it is all the more special when we can come and see our work on display.

"The students had such a sense of pride and achievement seeing their creation alongside so many other brilliant works of art." 

Sarah Dewberry, Head of Learning and Engagement at Waddesdon, said:

"We work closely with lots of local schools throughout the year, so are thrilled to be able to give Furze Down this well-deserved prize.

"We'd like to say a massive thank you to all the schools that were involved in our Christmas displays, and we look forward to working with them again in the future."

The Manor also said a big thank you to the following schools for helping them create such a wonderful Christmas display this year:

    • Ashfold School
    • Long Marston School
    • Bearbrook Combined School
    • Maids Moreton CE School
    • Big Top Nursery
    • Prestwood Infant School
    • Cheddington Combined School
    • Stocklake Park School
    • East Claydon C of E School
    • Stone Combined School
    • Five Acres Primary School
    • Stony Dean School
    • Grendon Underwood School
    • Turnfurlong Junior School
    • Harding House 6th Form
    • Westcott C of E School
    • Ibstone Primary School
    • Wingrave After School Club
    • Little Missenden CE Infant School 
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