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Commended Entry in Cambridge University Newnham Essay Prize

Published Tuesday 29th of June 2021 02:42:24 PM

We are delighted to announce that one of our current Lower Sixth pupils, Alice Hazell, was recently Commended for her essay entry in the Newnham Archaeology Essay Prize. Alice received a very complimentary email from Newnham College with her result, in which the college wrote “You should be very proud of this achievement as the field of entries was very strong. We wish you all the best with your future endeavours, including university applications.”

The competition’s aim is to encourage female students currently in Year 12 at a UK school to write on a subject which interests them. Entry categories are offered in Archaeology, Biological Sciences, Classics, Computer Science, Engineering, History, Mathematics, Medicine, Modern and Medieval Languages, Music, Philosophy and Psychological and Behavioural Sciences, as well as the annual ‘Woolf Essay Prize’ with questions inspired by Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own.

All essays must reference sources (including websites consulted) and provide a bibliography.

Alice entered the Archaeology category, new for 2021, as Archaeology is such a broad subject spanning both the arts and humanities and the sciences, this prize was perfect for pupils studying a range of subjects – from History, English and Sociology to Biology and Chemistry. Newnham College welcomed entries from students studying any combination of subjects.

Entrants were invited to submit a response to any one of the questions set out below:

1) Why study the material record of historic periods? What can archaeology tell us that written sources cannot?

2) How are biological techniques reshaping our views of the Neanderthals?

3) How and why was writing invented?

Alice ‘s essay was in response to the first question: Why study the material record of historic periods? What can archaeology tell us that written sources cannot?

Tom Marriott, Head of Enrichment, commented:

”Entering external academic competitions forms part of our extensive enrichment programme. Researching and constructing an essay of this type requires the development of strong analytical and written skills, and I am delighted for Alice that she has received such praise from Cambridge University.”

Alice was thrilled with her success:

”I found the title of this essay really compelling and worked hard to do it justice so for my essay to be commended was a wonderful outcome. I really enjoyed researching and writing this paper on a subject I am fascinated by, so to gain such recognition was the icing on the cake.”

Read Alice’s commended essay on the Canford Blog - www.canford.com/blog

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