The overarching theme for 2016 was ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’, which is also the 2016 Commonwealth Year theme, and a topical theme for today’s youth. Both Senior and Junior topics gave young people the opportunity to think about aspects of the theme such as: the significance of community; the importance of diversity and difference; the question of belonging; the values of tolerance, respect and understanding; and the sense of shared responsibility that exists within the Commonwealth today. The topics were a chance to develop critical thinking and to express views in a creative manner.
The English Language Department sent 19 entries after a thorough selection from our pool of young writers. Our silver award winners are Koh Wee Yeah (Year 4D), Lorrraine Leong Li Wen (Year 4C) and Angel King Jia Ying (Year 4F).
Koh Wee Yeah and Lorrraine Leong wrote about inviting a stranger to their country. Angel King Jia Ying wrote an essay about her ideal community. Using varied formats, they expressed their imagistic and reflective voices.
Thousands of young writers from around the world enter this competition every year and to have our young essayists stand out is a proud moment for the Sarjana Community.
With its success tied more closely to English Language teachers’ training and empowerment, they endeavour to boost and celebrate expression by exploring students to different writing styles and cultural elements.