Keeping Christ in Christmas Student Contest 

Need Help?
If you have any questions or comments:

About The Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, HCDSB students are invited to participate in the 7th annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! Student entries can be submitted from November 8 through December 2, 2019.

Students are asked to submit work that best describes the theme of the contest, Keeping Christ in Christmas, and highlight how we can all do our part​ to Keep Christ in Christmas.

Submitting Entries:

Students are given creative liberty on the style and medium of their work, and are encouraged to submit entries in the following four (4) categories:

  • Visual artwork (drawing, painting, photography, collage, sculpture, 3D model, etc.)
  • Original song (new song written OR performed by student)
  • Short video (not longer than 3 minutes)
  • Short story or poem (up to 250 words)

Who Can Enter?

We welcome entries from HCDSB students of all ages and abilities! Student submissions will be judged separately, as follows:

  • Primary (K-3)
  • Junior (4-6)
  • Intermediate (7-8)
  • Secondary (9-12)

Official Contest Rules

Submitting Entries

Submit your entry via email to:​ or you can send your submission to:

Strategic Communications Services
Halton Catholic District School Board
802 Drury Lane,
Burlington, ON  L7R 2Y2

Submission Criteria​:
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​All submissions must be received by Monday, December 2, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.​​ Entrants must provide the following information and written consent, in order to qualify for the contest:
  • Grade of student (to qualify for 1 of the 4 student groups listed above)
  • Full Name of the student
  • Full Name of parent/guardian (for students under 18 years of age)
  • Name of School
  • Contact Email Address
  • Contact Phone Number - so we can let you know if you are a finalist!
  • Provide written, expressed consent that you allow the HCDSB to post your submission online (in the event that your submission is chosen).
*Note: if you are sending a hard copy of your submission, please include the above information on a separate sheet. Your hardcopy submission must be clear enough to see so online viewers can vote for your entry. Your submission should be no larger than 5MB.

Students, parents and staff can submit JPG, PNG, PDF, GIF, 
MOV, AVI, WMV, and MP4 files to the contest. Please have your original files/artwork ready in the event that your submission is chosen!

For short video submissions, students can:

  • Upload a video to YouTube or Vimeo and send a hyperlink to the video, along with their submission details to:
  • Upload a video on a USB, and send it to the Catholic Education Centre (802 Drury Lane, Burlington, ON L7R 2Y2, to the attention of: Strategic Communications Services).
  • Upload a video on Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, and send a hyperlink to download the video, along with submission details to:​.


Copyright Rules

By submitting an entry, all entrants warrant that they have full right to their work and that their entries do not violate copyright laws. Further, each entrant agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Halton Catholic District School Board from any claim or action arising out of any breach of copyright caused by such entry.

What's Next?

Once submissions are received, a judging panel (in early December) will narrow down the submissions and select the finalists:  

  • Finalists will include: four (4) separate submissions in each of the four (4) student groups listed above, which means that in total, sixteen (16) students will become finalists!
  • Due to the overwhelming number and variety of submissions received in the past, the finalist submissions in each of the four (4) student groups may be a combination of visual artwork, original songs, short videos, and poems, but does not necessarily guarantee that all of the above-noted categories will be equally represented in the finalist submissions.
  • An online voting process to select the four (4) top winners will take place once submissions have been narrowed down by the judging panel. Details regarding the online voting process will be communicated in December. 
  • All finalists will be recognized at the December 17th Board Meeting. A prize will be awarded to the top entry in each of the four (4) student groups. 
  • Student submissions will also be featured on the Board’s YouTube channel, and posted on the Board’s website leading up to Christmas.

How Will Entries Be Judged?

A judging panel will narrow down entries by selecting the submissions that demonstrate creativity and originality and best speak to the theme of the contest. The judging panel will not receive any personal information about contestants (name, age, gender, school, etc.), or any additional information that may influence the selection process. The student finalists will be notified that their submission will be viewable online, as part of the voting process.

You Be The Judge!

The final entries in each of the student groups will be available for viewing and voting online (more information about the voting process will be available on this page in December). Stay tuned for updates!


  • After the online voting results are tabulated, one (1) student submission that receives the highest number of votes in each of the four (4) student groups will be awarded a top prize. This means that there will be four (4) top prizes!
  • One (1) top submission in the Primary group will receive a Samsung Tablet.
  • One (1) top submission in the Junior group will receive a Hewlett Packard Chromebook laptop.
  • One (1) top submission in the Intermediate group and one (1) top submission in the Secondary group will each receive Apple AirPods.
  • Winners will be announced at the December 17th Board Meeting.

Parent Consent

The Halton Catholic District School Board and your child/ren’s school collect student information under the legal authority of The Education Act and its attendant regulations, as well as The Immunization of School Pupils Act and The Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. During the school year, students may be involved in a wide variety of events and activities and it is an established practice for the Board and its schools to display and communicate information about these activities through a variety of channels. Parents and guardians of all student entrants must have completed and returned to their school, the Family/Information Consent Form, which is typically collected by each elementary school at the start of every school year. In secondary schools, this form is part of option sheets.​​