Every year the Jack Petchey Cartoon Competition asks young people from London and Essex to submit a motivational cartoon centred around a theme. This year’s theme was “Positibe Wellbeing” and we had many amazing entries exploring different ideas. The three winning entries, selected by our Achievers’ Network, will be displayed in our School Planners which go out to thousands of schools across London and Essex.
In first place was Berni from Nonsuch Highschool for Girls.
” I was inspired when I realised how positivity and happiness are our choice and within our grasp. Positive wellbeing is essentially loving yourself and choosing to see the beauty and joy in even the little things and doing what you love. I wanted to creat an artwork resembling this, presenting someone who is taking their first steps to loving themselves and living their best life.”
In second place, Zaiyana from Woodford County High School.
“What inspired my drawing is a lesson we had in school about positive wellbeing before the holidays. Our form teacher taught us about the five things needed to have a positive well-being: connect, be active, keep learning, take notice and give… I remember learning about this topic in primary school and it helped me a lot during the first quarantine. Since back then it was hard to talk to my friends in real life, I would usually talk to them online and it helpful even though it wasn’t face-to-face. Learning and doing activities during quarantine also kept me from boredom and at the same time as keeping me active. I hope this can inspire children and other people to follow these steps to become positive too.”
In third, Xuqi from Henrietta Barnet School for Girls.
“I wanted to create a cartoon that was simple but effective, and got a clear message across: to stay positive! I was inspired by last year’s entries, and so chose a bright, but not overpowering colour palette to make the character in the middle stand out. I drew the character in a encouraging pose to inspire anyone who saw it!”
And finally, our Achievers Network awarded a special Commendation to Ella from Fitzwimarc School and Arabella from St Ursula’s Convent Seconday School.
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