2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition: 11-14 years old

shakepeare essay competition 1Eligibility

The contest is open to ALL youngsters aged 11-14
To enter the contest, you have to:

1. leave an interesting and original comment to any of the posts from Shakespeare School blog
2. become one of our friends on Shakespeare’ School Facebook fan page

When you fulfil these requirements, you are officially registered as participant in this competition and you can start writing your essay!


Essay topic:

Have you ever wondered what it is like to be an adult?
Have you ever wanted to be in your parents’ shoes?

Imagine you could live an extraordinary experience: you would be amazed to find out that, for one day, you could swap places with one of your parents. You would be your mother/father and the parent would become you! This is your chance to tell us about the most out of the ordinary and strangest events!

In your essay you may refer to one or more of the following ideas:

– What funny/interesting/unusual things you would do while being in your parents’ shoes
– What changes you would make in your parents’ lives and why
– What lessons you would learn at the end of the day from the experience of being a parent
– Looking back, what would you like to be today: an adult or a child?

Write about your amazing experience in an essay of 300-350 words.

Note: All essays submitted must be written in English and must be original and unpublished

Impress us and you will be the winner of the most wonderful summer school experience in the UK!



1st Prize

– a 2 week summer school (10-24 July 2012) in England at Clifton College
books & Cambridge University Press backpack offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

phpThumb generated thumbnailjpgThe English summer school at Clifton College includes:

  • English classes in groups of maximum 15 students
  • 14 nights accommodation and all meals in the residence of Clifton College
  • Daily sports and social programme.
  • 1 full day excursion (Londra, Oxford, Portsmouth)
  • 1 ½ day excursion (Bath, Cardiff sau Wells)
  • Use of textbooks and educational materials
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Morning medical clinic on campus each weekday.

The prize does not include*: flight ticket Bucharest-London-Bucharest

* The transport cost must be paid by the winner, who must have sufficient funds to cover this expense. Otherwise, the prize will be offered to the next competitor.

2nd Prize

a 2 week summer school (28 July-11 August 2012) in England at Harrow House International College
books offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

harrowThe “Junior English & Sports” programme at Harrow House International College includes:

  • English classes – 15 hours per week, in groups of maximum 15 students
  • Sports lessons- 15 hours per week
  • 14 nights accommodation and all meals in the residence of Harrow House International College
  • Daily sports and social programme
  • 1 full day Saturday excursion
  • 1 half day Sunday excursion to Bournmeouth
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Student insurance for duration of stay at Harrow House

The prize does not include: flight & transfer costs.

3rd Prize

– a 20 hour English summer course at Shakespeare School
Cambridge exam fee (KET, PET, FCE or CAE), offered by British Council
books offered by Fischer International

5 Honourable Mentions consisting of:

a 50% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School
– books and dictionaries offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

+ 12 Special Prizes consisting of:

a 25% discount for any intensive English summer course held at Shakespeare School
– a book offered by Fischer International
– a surprise gift from Carturesti

Important notes:

  • participation is FREE OF CHARGE
  • all submitted essays will receive a Certificate of Participation to our essay competition
  • winning essays and other essays of merit will receive an Essay Award Certificate
  • all winning essays will be posted on Shakespeare School blog
  • English teachers that will have minimum 15 students enrolled to 2012 Shakespeare School Essay Competition will receive a “Certificate of Merit” from Shakespeare School


  • all essays must be written in English
  • all essays must be original and unpublished
  • word count: 200-350 words

Judging criteria & Evaluation stages

  • Essays will be judged on: task achievement, language accuracy, register & vocabulary, organization & cohesion, originality
  • 1st stage: essays will be evaluated by a panel of judges comprising Shakespeare School English teachers, that will announce the best 20 essays on May 20, 2012
  • 2nd stage: the 20 finalists will be invited for a short interview, which will take place on Saturday, 26th of May, at Shakespeare School in Bucharest
  • the final results will be announced on June 10, at the award ceremony which will be held at Shakespeare School, 9 Tokio Street, Bucharest


All essays must be submitted by March 28, 2012

How to submit your essay:
– Complete the online application form on our website at “Inscriere Concurs”
– An e-mail will be sent confirming the receipt of your submission


Under the aegis of:
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Main Partner: Mirunette International Education

Sponsors: Studio Cambridge, Harrow House College, Cohn and Jansen JWT, Simaco Advertising, Vitastal Consulting

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Educational Partners: British Council, Fischer International, Carturesti
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Media Parteners: TVR, Kiss FM, Mediafax, Curierul National, 24 FUN, Teen Press, Asociatia Young Initiative,,,, Romania Pozitiva, Presa in blugi,

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