Commonwealth Day 2017

Commonwealth Day is held annually on the second Monday in March, this year falling on Monday March 13th. It is the celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations, and is an opportunity for the commonwealth’s 52 member states to come together and celebrate Commonwealth values and diversity. Commonwealth day 2017 marks 40 years since Commonwealth Day became a global celebration, and this years theme was
A Peace Building Commonwealth

The largest Commonwealth Day Celebration is held in Westminster Abbey, and attended by Queen Elizabeth II, the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Commonwealth High Commissioner and 800 school children. It is the largest multi-faith ceremony in the UK, and one of our members, Yla, was lucky enough to attend this year. Her highlight was Cody Simpson singing “What a wonderful world” during the ‘Fly a Flag’ celebration.

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Westminster Abbey’s Commonwealth Flags

In the Welsh capital, there was a similar ‘Fly a Flag’ celebration (sadly without Cody Simpson). The service was held in Cardiff’s Mansion House, taken by Reverend Stewart Lisk. The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Cllr Monica Walsh, attended the service and delivered a speech on the true value of the Commonwealth, as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance.

The Commonwealth Flag was flown by young members of the United Kingdom Army Cadet Force.

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Our digital campaign team was fortunate enough to be invited to the event at the Mansion House, where we enjoyed the speeches, celebrations and desserts laid out for guests.

Are you interested in events like this, or getting involved with Commonwealth activities? There are opportunities for everyone to be involved!
Contact us via our website, Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.

Top Tips to Help You Chill Out

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A small amount of stress can be regarded as motivation which helps us get things done effectively. However, if we are under a high level of stress, there will be negative impacts on our physical and mental health. Therefore, learning how to deal with pressure is important. Different people chill out in different ways, so here as some different options!

  1. Watch funny videos

Laughter is a stress cure. When you are under too much pressure, just go to YouTube or other websites, find some funny things like prank videos or comedy sketches, watch them and laugh. You will feel much better!

  1. Talk to your friends

It is usually better to deal with problems together with your close friends than do it all alone. When you are struggling, why not talk to your friends about what is on your mind? They will show their love and support for sure.

  1. Work out

Exercise does help to release the negative energy inside your body. When you feel stressed, you can work out for an hour, jogging, strength training or anything else you like. You will feel more positive and healthy after getting sweaty.

  1. Eat something sweet

Sweet snacks such as chocolate contain compounds that can relax your mind and improve your mood. Have a piece of cake or a chocolate bar when you are under stress. Remember to treat yourself for working hard!

  1. Pet an animal

Having a little bit ‘animal therapy’ will help you lower your blood pressure and ease anxiety. Animals offer us comfort without needing to speak about our problems, which is perfect if you don’t feel like sharing.

  1. Breathe deeply

Breathe in and breathe out. Deep breathing will soothe your body and mind. Breathe in, hold in for several seconds and exhale slowly. Repeat several times. And then enjoy the calm it brings!

  1. Take a bath.

Take a dip in warm water to relax your muscles and your mind. A daily good soak will relieve a lot of stress! Unleash your rubber duck as well. This ‘bath buddy’ will make you smile!

  1. Have a good cry

Bottling up your feelings is totally a bad idea which sometimes may cause severe problems and lead you to the wrong path. Don’t feel embarrassed to let your emotions out. You have the right to be sentimental sometimes. Just have a good cry, you will be surprised by the relief it brings!

Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition Winners 2016

Last years competition was extremely successful! There were entries from nearly every Commonwealth country, with nearly 13,500 entries overall.

Winners and Runners-up of The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 2016 were Inessa Rajah, Gauri Kumar, Esther Mungalaba and Tan Wan Gee.

Hear their stories below!

Senior Winner: Inessa Rajah
Durban, South Africa

Essay:A short story exploring the trouble of holding an entitled position in the face of poverty and conflict-induced resettlement.

Personal Profile: Inessa studying at Durban Girls’ College. The reason why she entered the competition is that the competition gave her a opportunity to write about a relevant, thought-provoking topic.

Junior Winner: Gauri Kumar
Singapore, Singapore

Essay: Gauri focused on the difficulties faced by immigrant families who could not communicate with their relatives because of language barriers. She discussed the use of language in a serious and mature way to coordinate different identities.

Personal Profile:Gauri is currently studying at the Tanglin Trust School and the Singapore Chinese Women’s School.

Senior Runner-up: Esther Mungalaba
Lusaka, Zambia

Essay: Esther wrote a mature assessment of Europe’s Migrant Crisis.

Personal Profile:Esther graduated from the Kasisi Girls secondary School in 2014.

Junior Runner-up: Tan Wan Gee
Singapore, Singapore

Essay: Tan Wan Gee wrote a s letter to Santa Claus in poem form.. The central theme of the poem was equality.

Personal Profile:Wan Gee is a student of Temasek Junior College.

Could you be a 2017 winner? Find more details on The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition here , or alternatively contact us!