MGS Student Awarded Gold in Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition

November 27, 2020

Matrix Private School student Darren Voo, Form 5, scored gold in the annual Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Writing Competition.

The world’s oldest international writing competition for schools has been organised by The Royal Commonwealth Society since 1883. This year’s competition attracted nearly 13,000 entries on the theme ‘Climate Action and the Commonwealth’. 

When asked about how he prepared for the competition, Darren said, “When I first started the process of writing the essay, I was reluctant to start as I had never written a creative written piece. It was through Ms Josephine’s encouragement and guidance that I was able to discover my niche in writing.

“I started off with a basic draft of each scene in the essay: the setting; new characters introduced; and the main events that occur in each scene. After that, I slowly fleshed out the story. Then I adjusted it accordingly to make sure it was within the word limit.

“All in all, this competition was a very good experience for me to discover my love for creative writing, and I’m extremely thankful to Ms Josephine for giving me this opportunity and helping me come out of my comfort zone and start writing creatively”.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, including Thierry Maritim Andrew, Form 1, who won silver, Cho Yoon Sang  (Form 5) and Nur Syazwannie Humairah (Form 5) who both won bronze.

Matrix Global Schools promotes literacy, expression and creativity through a range of activities in story writing, essay writing, debating, presentations and drama. By linking these to the various academic and international topics we cover, we allow our students to have better development of the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding for 21st Century learning and a greater awareness of their important role as global citizens.   

There is no planet B: How will climate change affect you and your community?

Darren Voo, Form 5M

Gold Award winner

My Planet, My Place

Thierry Maratim Andrew, Form 1A

Silver Award winner

Imagine you are a president of one of the Commonwealth’s 31 small states and you have been invited to give a speech on climate change to other Commonwealth leaders, what will you say?

Cho Yoon Sang, Form 5M

Bronze Award winner

The Destruction of The Oceans, Everyone’s Concern

Nur Syazwannie Humairah, Form 5A

Bronze Award winner