The piece of work had to reflect values of tolerance, democracy and development. It could be an artwork, essay, story, digital media, or a project. Coupled with the work, students were required to complete a 200 word description of how their project addresses the competition criteria.

Winners were judged on the quality and relevance of the submitted piece of work, a demonstrated commitment to studies and leadership and the capacity to represent the leadership.

Kathy Allam was one of the main winners for a piece entitled ‘The threads that bind us’.

“The piece symbolises how many relationships bind individual countries and people into a unified whole – the Commonwealth,” said Kathy.
“Separate fabric pieces have been frayed and then woven together to signify the ability of tolerance, equality, human justice, democracy, good governance, free trade and multiculturalism to bond diverse people. “On a smaller scale these high ideals are mirrored at Central: individuals from diverse cultures come together to study and in the process insight and understanding produce greater tolerance, and many friendships are formed,” she said.

Highly commended prizes were given to 5 students – Didier Bertrand, Prakash Rughoobur, Rachel Wells, Louise Southalan and Deborah Haslam. Plus a Certificate of Recognition went to a group of students who produced ‘The CHOGM Globe’. Its distorted shape representing an imperfect world and a tiara on top represented the Monarch and Head of the Commonwealth.