Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition

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.

With introductions completed, the first activity of the day got underway with Alison Milford, a freelance children’s author and educational writer, leading a writing workshop.

The workshop provided an opportunity for Parachos, Nathan, Tawanda and Martina to find out more about one another, to share ideas and to bond over set creative tasks.

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.

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

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.

In particular, the group were all amazed to have Nathan’s grandfather, his great-grandfather and great-grandmother pointed out in the collection!

Though a long day, the trip had proved both interesting and surprising; the group were impatient for the Buckingham Palace Award Ceremony, which was to take place the next day.

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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  1. The school year is off to a roaring start, and this is the year that I figure out how to teach problem solving strategies (and continue making students show their problem solving strategies). Why I like it: It gives students a very specific “what to do.” Why I don’t like it: With all of the annotating of the problem, I’m not sure that students are actually reading the problem. Why I like it: Students are forced to think about what type of problem it is (factoring, division, etc) and then come up with a plan to solve it using a strategy sentence. Check stands for understand, plan, solve, and check.