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Rebecca wins Gold in Commonwealth Essay Competition

Congratulations to Year 8 student, Rebecca Swift, who has been awarded a Gold award in the prestigious Commonwealth Essay Competition, after achieving a Bronze award in 2017. Rebecca is to be commended on her initiative in entering the competition independently for the second year in succession, and on winning one of 38 Gold Certificates awarded in the Pacific region, out of a broader field of more than 12,000 entrants internationally.

The 2018 competition theme was Towards a Common Future, challenging young writers to consider the way humanity proceeds toward the future as a global community facing common challenges and opportunities.Rebecca wrote using a letter format under the topic 'Our Common Earth' with a 750-word limit.

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest schools’ international writing competition, managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. Every year, it offers all Commonwealth youth aged 18 and under the opportunity to express their hopes for the future, opinions of the present, and thoughts on the past through the written word. The competition is used by individuals and teachers to build confidence, develop writing skills, support creativity and encourage critical thinking, using literacy to empower young people to become global citizens.

All entrants receive a Certificate of Participation and one winner and runner-up from both the Senior and Junior categories will be invited to attend Winners' Week. Past winners include author Elspeth Huxley, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Mei Fong, and the Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong.

Barbara Mossman
Coordinator: Gifted and Enterprise Education