15 OCTOBER 2015

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners Visit Cambridge

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners Visit Cambridge

The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015 experienced its most successful year since its creation in 1883, receiving a record number of entries.

The competition, which is sponsored by Cambridge University Press, received a total of 13,101 entries, from over 600 schools in 49 countries and territories across the Commonwealth.

The four overall winners attended a special programme entitled ‘Winners' Week’ in London, culminating in a Special Awards Ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Sixteen year old Paraschos Cant from Cyprus (Senior Winner), eighteen year old Tawanda Mulalu from Botswana (Senior Runner-up), eleven year old Nathan Swain from Tristan da Cunha(Junior Winner) and thirteen year old Martina Watler from the Cayman Islands (Junior Runner-up) visited Cambridge with their parents and the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition team on 14th October.

The group enjoyed the day in Cambridge visiting Fitzwilliam College in the morning where they met Dr Hero Chalmers and Nicola Padfield, Master of Fitzwilliam College.

After a brief intense rain shower the winners took to the water, exploring Cambridge by punt. In the afternoon they received a fascinating tour of Cambridge University Library by Rachel Rowe Special Collections and Smuts Librarian for South Asian and Commonwealth Studies. This tour included a visit to the Map Room where the winners were able to see maps from their countries.

If you’re feeling inspired you’ll be pleased to hear that The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2016 opens today. The overarching theme for 2016 is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ and the deadline is 1st May 2016. Find out more and read the terms and conditions here.

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