The Art Department was thrilled to learn this week that Rhianne Cully has been announced as one of 120 regional finalists in the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp Design Competition which attracted 606,049 entries from across the United Kingdom.
Rhianne will receive £100 in gift vouchers as well as £100 for our school. She is also part of a Guinness World Record title for the largest postage stamp design competition in which an astonishing 7,479 schools took part.
The competition was open to UK school children to mark the important role played by key and frontline workers, as well as others during the pandemic. Children were asked to think about who their hero or heroes were and to design a stamp in their honour. Rhianne’s drawing of Sir Captain Tom Moore will now be judged to determine the winning 24 regional designs in November before eight winning designs will be approved by Her Majesty The Queen and chosen as official stamps which will appear on millions of items of mail in Spring 2022.
Commenting on the competition Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“It is of great credit to the children of this country that in world breaking numbers they picked up their paintbrushes, pens and paints and paid artistic tribute to the heroes of our coronavirus response. Their brilliant efforts represent the collective gratitude of the nation to everyone who went above and beyond during the pandemic. Congratulations to all those who have made it to the next round and thank you to everyone who has taken part and to the teams at Royal Mail for managing this record number of entries.”
We are all so thrilled that Rhianne’s drawing has got this far. Her beautiful recording in colouring pencil has captured a portrait full of personal qualities and the recognisable character of Sir Captain Tom Moore. An amazing achievement and we wish Rhianne all the best for the next stage of judging. #HeroStamps The other regional finalist designs can be viewed at stampcompetition.ichild.co.uk