About The Contest

With Christmas just around the corner, HCDSB students are invited to participate in the 9th annual Keeping Christ in Christmas student contest! Student entries can be submitted from November 5 through December 3, 2021.

Students are encouraged to submit entries that highlight the theme of the contest, and express in their own creativity how we can do our part to Keep Christ in Christmas.

Voting is Now Closed

Tune into the December 21st Regular Board Meeting to see the winners!

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 (maximum length is 3 minutes, TikTok videos are also accepted!)
  • 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)

Submission Criteria​

All student work must be entered through the online form by Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.​​ Entrants must fill out the following information in the online form, 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 expressed consent that you allow the HCDSB to post your submission online (in the event that your submission is chosen).

*If you are taking a photograph of your visual/hardcopy work, please ensure that it is clear enough to see so online viewers can vote for your entry (if it is selected). Your online submission should be no larger than 25MB.

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:

  • Upload your video to a file sharing service (such as OneDrive, Google Drive, or Dropbox) and copy/paste a hyperlink to the video, in the online submission form
  • For more information on how to share a large video file through the online form, watch this video

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 virtual December 21st 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.


Once again this year, Halton OECTA Elementary Association and the Halton OECTA Secondary Association are generously donating the top prizes.

  • The Primary (K-3) category winner will be awarded a Samsung Galaxy Tablet!
  • The Junior (4-6) category winner will be awarded an HP Chromebook!
  • The Intermediate (7-8) category winner will be awarded Apple AirPods Pro!
  • The Secondary (9-12) category winner will be awarded Apple AirPods Pro!

    Winners will be announced at the virtual December 21st 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.​​​