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The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition

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.

Further information can be found on the website link below:


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"Weeks run from Monday to Sunday. Please note that weeks without communications to schools are ignored and the links will go to the last week where a communication was made in this category."