Bendigo Bank Cobram recently put out a Christmas-themed colouring challenge to district Year 2 primary school students and the quality of the entries even caught bank staff off-guard.
Students were asked to fill in the outline of a Christmas stocking with colours of their choice.
‘‘We did the competition a few years ago before I started working here and I thought we should bring it back and start doing it every year,’’ Bendigo Bank customer relationship officer Lizette Mezenberg said.
‘‘I just went around to all the schools and whoever wanted to participate did. We probably had close to 30 entries, which was great because it means we can display them on our wall and colour it up a bit until the new year.’’
Recently, four winners from surrounding schools gathered at the bank and were told their entries had been successful, but Ms Mezenberg said selecting the winners was no easy task.
‘‘It was really hard to decide the winners because I didn’t know Grade 2’s could colour in so well. They did an amazing job.’’
The winners were Lylah Shannon from St Joseph’s Primary School, Poppy Goodwin from Barooga Public School, Alexis Young from Cobram Primary School and Simi Poonia from Cobram Anglican Grammar School.
On top of the good news, the winners were also received a gift bag with a range of Bendigo Bank items, including a lunch box, drink bottle, piggy coin jar, ruler, pens and pencils, frisbee and an activity book, so they could keep up their colouring skills.
Ms Mezenberg said the competition had helped generate some extra Christmas buzz at the bank.
‘‘The kids love it as well because there will be children that walk past with their parents and grandparents and recognise their drawing. It brings a bit of excitement to Christmas as well as I suppose.’’
Lylah Shannon from St Joseph’s Primary School
Poppy Goodwin from Barooga Public School
Simi Poonia from Cobram Anglican Grammar School
Alexis Young from Cobram Primary School