Winning isn’t everything…

Dear Readers,

As you know, we have been working on the promoting The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition, which is open to everyone under 18 living in a Commonwealth nation. The deadline is almost here, but you can still enter the competition until May 1st. The reason why we are writing this post is because we want to encourage YOU, young people, to participate in it.

Challenges are scary. When it comes to competitions, it’s common to feel a little scared and think things like “What if I’m not good enough?”

Don’t do this.

Negative thoughts are your worst enemies, and can only be controlled by you. It might sound silly, but when they say “participating is as important as winning”, it’s absolutely true. In the competitive world we live in, it looks like no one is ready to accept a loss. However, failures are part of life and sometimes a loss is beneficial to simply understand what you should do better next time. At the end of the day, every experience teaches you something, whether you win or lose. Being able to say you put in the effort, you wrote an essay using your own creativity, and you submitted it into an international competition, says a lot about your character.

Accepting challenges is good for you. You can test your abilities and explore your boundaries. Also, it just feels good to be able to see the fruits of your labour: you’ll feel proud, and start believing in yourself, allowing your confidence to grow. You will realise the value and importance of your own contribution to whatever the matter at hand is, which will greatly benefit you in the future.

It may seem easy to constantly think you won’t win and think about the competition, so don’t focus too much on the other people entering the competition or what they may be doing: just think about yourself and what you want to achieve. Sooner or later, if you work hard, you’ll be able to accept challenges readily in order to achieve your dreams. Take risks and don’t be afraid! You never know what could happen!

Whether you’re participating in the Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (we hope so!) or in any other activity, we would like to wish you the best of luck.


The RCS Digital Comms Team xxx

Need Help Picking a Topic for The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition?

At RCS Wales, we understand that often starting is the hardest part… so we’ve devised this chart to help you pick which essay topic is right for you!

Decide if you’re more of a creative type, or a history lover, a debater, or analysis fan, and we can find the right topic for you!

Once you’ve picked your topic, head over to our Top Tips section for help writing your essay!

Get your entries in by 01 May 2017!

picking your essay

Top Tips to Help You Chill Out


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!