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Flora Shortlisted for Prestigious NCH Essay Competition

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It was a successful summer for Upper Sixth pupil Flora Keeling, who was recently shortlisted for the New College of the Humanities (NCH) Undergraduate Essay Competition.

The NCH Undergraduate Essay is an academic competition, designed to give intellectually curious pupils a platform in which to develop their critical thinking and essay writing skills, while also exploring their love of humanities and the social sciences.

Seventeen-year-old Flora entered the politics and international relations category, with her piece titled ‘Is war a prerequisite for peace?’. To address the question, she used the political theories of neo-realism and liberalism to argue against, instead suggesting peace to be the ideal opposite of war.

Out of the 1800 entries, Flora was one of 25 candidates shortlisted for the prize. As a result, she was invited to the NCH in London for a prestigious award ceremony presented by Anthony Grayling, Master of the NCH.

This success comes at an exciting time for Flora, as she was recently named as one of our School Captains for the 2018-19 academic year.

Commenting on the experience, Flora said: “I was shocked when I first got the news about being shortlisted, as I do not study politics and therefore thought my changes of success were slim.”

She added: "Once I had got over the surprise, I was absolutely delighted and quickly went to tell Mrs Barclay (King's Librarian), as she had encouraged me to enter the competition."

To read Flora's essay, please click here.

Following Flora's success, we are pleased to announce the launch of our very own academic competition: our Headmaster’s Essay Prize. This competition is open to Year 7 and 8 pupils (in the academic year 2018/19) in any school in the UK or abroad, and invites candidates to submit an essay of 1500 words on a chosen topic. Click here for full details.

The title of this year’s essay is ‘A Cabinet of Curiosities’. Candidates are required to choose between three and five items that they would put on display in a museum. In the essay, they are asked to describe each object and explain its significance.

Essays should be submitted as attachments by email to hmsec@kings-taunton.co.uk or as hard copies to: The Headmaster, King’s College, South Road, Taunton, TA1 3LA. The deadline for submission of the essay is 5 November 2018, with an award ceremony taking place on the evening of 30 November 2018.

For further details, please contact the Headmaster’s PA, Mrs Byrne, on 01823 328210 or at hmsec@kings-taunton.co.uk.

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