Monday, 06 July 2015 08:14

Commonwealth Writing Competition

By Dr Andrew Sneddon - Head of English/English teacher

This year Aspire students participated in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition for the first time. This is a major international writing competition open to students resident in a Commonwealth country. In 2014 10,000 young writers from 44 nations took part and competed for bronze, silver and gold awards plus the top overall prize in two age group categories.

The theme for the competition this year was ‘A Young Commonwealth’ and our budding novelists, poets and journalists were asked to write a reflective or creative piece on one of the following topics:

Junior Category (Born after 1st May 2001)

  1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being young?
  2. Imagine what the world will be like when you are an old person.
  3. I am the future!
  4. Imagine you are a young person living in a different part of the Commonwealth. What is life like for you?

Senior Category (Born between 2 May 1996 and 1 May 2001)

  1. What do you hope to achieve in your lifetime?
  2. In 2030 you will no longer be young. What changes would you like to see in the world in 15 years’ time?
  3. Youth versus experience.
  4. Fresh perspectives. What can a young Commonwealth offer?

Receiving an award in this competition is prestigious and is potentially very useful for our students’ CVs and university applications. Previously, only one other school in Cyprus has had an award winner and we have our fingers cross that some of the very strong entries we submitted will be recognised. The results will be announced in September with the lucky overall competition winners receiving an expenses paid trip to London for a week of cultural and educational activities culminating in a lavish award ceremony.