Upon leaving Buckingham Palace, Helen Jones, Director of Youth Affairs and Education Programmes at the RCS, joined the group for lunch and was keen to discuss the morning’s events and catch up on their week.
This allowed the families to reflect on their time in London and to re-energise after the excitement of the ceremony.
The tour allowed the group to experience the environment of a UK Comprehensive (secondary) school as the group was able to observe lessons in Latin, Art, English and Dance.
In particular, the state-of-the-art music, design and sports facilities proved impressive: the swimming pool, gym, library and Food Technology kitchens left both parents and young writers feeling appreciative of the positive learning atmosphere they had witnessed.
Nathan Swain was the winner in the Junior Category of the prestigious 2015 Royal Commonwealth Society Essay Competition - see Commonwealth Essay Competition for reports and photos about the competition, Tristan presentations and Nathan's prize-winning essay and RCS Essay Prize Trip for the main page showing the family's UK trip.
Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition
Winners’ Week Day 1 12th October 2015 Today we were delighted to welcome to London the Winners and Runners-Up of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015.
With introductions completed, the first activity of the day got underway with Alison Milford, a freelance children’s author and educational writer, leading a writing workshop.
The workshop provided an opportunity for Parachos, Nathan, Tawanda and Martina to find out more about one another, to share ideas and to bond over set creative tasks.
Here, they spent the day with Cambridge University Press, sponsor of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2015.
They visited Fitzwilliam College and were greeted there by Dr Hero Chalmers, a lecturer in English Literature, before they were introduced to the Master of the College, Nicola Padfield, who outlined the history of women’s education in Cambridge and the similar legal systems between Commonwealth countries.