Theology Philosophy and Religion Essay CompetitionSummer 2021
We are delighted to announce the winners of the ISRSA Theology, Philosophy and Religions Essay Competition.
Almost all the essays submitted this year for the Theology, Philosophy and Religions essay prize were of an extremely high standard. All those selected by their schools had clearly worked very hard researching, thinking about and constructing their essays. The judges very much enjoyed reading all essays and the task of selecting the very best for prizes was inevitably difficult. Prizes were awarded to those whose essays were especially well composed and who showed particularly good personal engagement with the essay topic. ISRSA members can read the winning essays by following the link below.
ISRSA thanks the Independent Schools Examining Board and Academy Conferences for their generous support in sponsoring this year’s TPR prizes.
Congratulations to all the winners!
Category 1: Year 7
Samit Valanju – Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
Hrithik Gosain – Lyndhurst House School
Gabriella Brown – Coloma Convent Girls’ School
Connie McMilan – Caterham School
Harry McCulloch – Devonport High School for Boys
Keshav Kanwar – Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School
Leonie Russell – Oakham School
Rajashree Venugopal – Beal High School
Jack Barrow – Milbourne Lodge
Michael Logothetis – Wetherby Prep School
Genevieve Coulson – Clevedon School
Emily Newman – Steyning Grammar School
Hijiri Yamada – St Augustine’s Priory
Category 2: Years 8 & 9
Years 8 and 9
Charlie Heath – Eton College
Daniel Nellan – Eton College
Katherine van Wyk – St Paul’s Girls’ School
Amulya Maganty – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Aria Shivram – Bromley High School
Alexandra Turner – Norwich High School
Georgia Newell – Kingston Grammar School
Mayesa Mir – King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
Tomas Lopez-Valcarcel – Eton College
Fraser de Rivaz – Kingston Grammar School
Henrietta Simpkin – James Allen’s Girls’ School
Izzy Badcock – Lancing College Prep School at Worthing
Category 1: Year 7
‘The story of Jesus’ transfiguration (Mark 9:2-13 ) was just a dream.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.
‘The moral rule “you must always save human life” is a bad rule.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.
‘A religious building must only be used for worship.’ Do you agree? Show that you have considered both sides of the argument.
Category 2: Years 8–9
‘The Calming of the Storm (Mark 4:35-41) is best interpreted as a parable.’ Discuss.
‘Is that which is right because God commands it? or does God command that which is right?’ Discuss.
‘Meditation is less effective than prayer.’ Discuss.