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The Queen's Commonwealth Essay Competition
16 Apr
The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition wants to hear from your pupils! The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition is the world’s oldest international school’s writing competition. We hope schools will participate in this unique opportunity for aspiring young writers to share their story and develop key skills. The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC), managed by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883, is fortunate to have Her Majesty The Queen as its Patron, as represented by HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, who launched the QCEC in Ghana this autumn in addition to hosting the 2018 QCEC Award Ceremony, meeting the inspiring young winners and runners-up at Buckingham Palace. The theme for this year is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ which calls upon young people to consider how they can work to use cultural, technological and environmental connections for positive change across the Commonwealth. It asks young people to consider the potential of the Commonwealth in strengthening the vast and varied links between citizens. The QCEC can be a valuable tool to introduce young people to the Commonwealth, while helping to develop English skills, develop confidence and explore creative writing/writing for fun. It can be adapted to many areas of the school curriculum, including English, Citizenship, Geography and History; and is an ideal opportunity to unite themes across the curriculum. Every young person who submits their work receives a Certificate of Participation and each entry is read by a judge based in another Commonwealth country. Each year more and more young people from across the Commonwealth participate and benefit from the opportunity, with almost 12,000 entries from 46 Commonwealth countries received in 2018. However, less than 400 entries were received from the UK in 2018. This opportunity helps to uplift youth voices to a global platform, allowing them to engage with current affairs, express hopes for the future and experiences of the present. The Society is working to increase access to this programme to a wider range of young people, especially boys and state school pupils, therefore we seek your assistance in raising awareness of the QCEC in your constituency by circulating information about the QCEC among your network, encouraging them to incorporate the Competition into their classes and activities. By helping to increase and diversify participation in UK schools, young writers will be empowered to share their ideas for a better future to a global audience and have their achievement recognised. More information on The QCEC is available on the Royal Commonwealth Society’s website or alternatively please contact Coral Fleming, who manages the Competition ( Please also find attached a flyer and further briefing paper.
Sparkle Competition 2019
12 Apr
Make Southend Sparkle is encouraging people to make their property frontage sparkle by taking part in a great competition. Entry is FREE! For schools there is a Cleanest and Litter Free School Grounds category. To enter please complete the application form. Entries must be received by 24th June 2019. For more information please contact or call 01702 212251
Weekly Newsletter: Issue 217 – Friday 5th April 2019
05 Apr
In the newsletter this week: a message from The Learning Service, SEN Bulletin, Schools Workload and Wellbeing, 1757 Voices Charter - Sign Up Now!, Governor Focus, events and document deadlines for April & May and the latest news from the Department for Education, Ofsted and the Southend Learning Network.