Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition

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This proved to be an informative insight into the newspaper industry as a whole, and an inspiring end to day two.

This proved to be an informative insight into the newspaper industry as a whole, and an inspiring end to day two.

Instantly recognisable, the Shard has become one of London’s most popular tourist attractions thanks to the panoramic views it offers, and all four winners were excited – as were the adults – to spot some of London’s key attractions from its glassy observation deck.

Though busy, the afternoon ended on a high, with great anticipation for the activities to come.

Visiting the underground storage facilities, the Commonwealth archivists explained that the Winners’ and Runner-Ups’ essays would also be stored there.

They then presented old photos and postcards that would be of interest to the families.

Though the group left the studios disheartened to part ways, all agreed that their week of educational and cultural activities had been a great learning experience and one which they would remember for a long time to come.

For 132 years, the essay competition has provided a platform for young writers, like Paraschos, Tawanda, Nathan and Martina, across the Commonwealth, to share their views on the issues that matter to them.From Word Art posters to Shared Sensor Poetry, the session aimed to stretch and challenge the Winners and Runners-Up, and to provide new techniques to take away and use in their future writing.After the workshop, Paraschos, Tawanda, Nathan and Martina were treated to brilliant views of London’s skyline from the tallest building in Europe – the iconic, pyramidal, Shard.Nathan Swain was the winner in the Junior Category of the prestigious 2015 Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Competition - see Commonwealth Essay Competition for reports and photos about the competition, Tristan presentations and Nathan's prize-winning essay and RCS Essay Prize Trip for the main page showing the family's UK trip.Winners’ Week Day 1 12th October 2015 Today we were delighted to welcome to London the Winners and Runners-Up of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015.The guests at the ceremony included foreign dignitaries, journalists, authors and members of the Junior and Senior judging panels.The UK Representative of the Government of Tristan da Cunha; the Minister Counsellor for the High Commission for Botswana to the United Kingdom; the Political Counsellor of the High Commission for Cyprus and the Chief Executive of Friends of the British Overseas Territories were just some of the guests ready to meet and congratulate the young writers.In the afternoon, moving away from the political system to the world of secondary education, the Winners and Runners-Up visited Holland Park School in West London.They were warmly welcomed by members of staff, and following snacks and a short explanation regarding the school’s multi-cultural cohort, a tour of the newly refurbished buildings got under way.Following the talk, the group were keen to learn more about Cambridge and walked down to the River Cam for a session of punting, a typical Cambridge activity.The final stop was a visit to the University of Cambridge library where the archives of the Royal Commonwealth Society, dating back to 1862, have been stored since 1992.


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