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Love-filled recipe wins schoolgirl trophy

Love-filled recipe wins schoolgirl trophy

Friday 11 January 2019

Love-filled recipe wins schoolgirl trophy

A young islander’s unconventional take on a standard recipe has won her the Jersey trophy in a prestigious writing contest.

Eleanor Morley-Kirk, who was just 11 years old when she wrote her winning Commonwealth Essay Competition entry, will be awarded the Royal Commonwealth Society’s Jersey trophy at a prize-giving ceremony this evening.

The young Beaulieu student’s entry to the long-running essay competition takes the form of a recipe, where she gives her take on what ingredients are needed for “a common future filled with health, happiness and love."

As well as the trophy for being the best entry from a Jersey student, Eleanor’s ‘recipe’ earned a gold award in the competition as a whole.


Pictured: Eleanor used the form of a recipe to put forward her views about what makes a fulfilling future in her winning essay.

In total, 60 Jersey students won awards for their entries to the competition. The award winners are as follows:

Gold award-winners...

Eleanor Morley-Kirk (junior gold award and Jersey Award cup), Sophie Barraclough, Eleanor Christie, Thea Greber, Jasmine Harrop, Paige Higgins, Leena Hussein, Jasmine Le Brocq, Amiy Mabbs, Poppy Messervy, and Amy Thomas.

Silver award-winners...

Tahlia Averty, Phoebe Ashton Barnett, Naomi Balderson, Juliette Bale, Arthur Bennett, Natalie Burmingham, Adrianne Clyde-Smith, Tiago Costa, Melaine Dixon, Claire Fopma, Madeline Gott, Dylan Green, Finlay Griffin, Pia Gurner, Nikita Handel, Zara Holt, Devon Mattioli, Eve Sproats, Rhys Thomas, Tiegan Thomas, and Esther Wilderspin.

Bronze award-winners...

Rehab Abid, Rebecca Arthur, Clementene Bonney, Charleen Chatiza, Sophie de Veulle, Caitlin Duncan, Cameron Edge, Thomas Fauvel, Rhea Fletcher, Hannah George, Jessica Greenwood, Elsie Holley, Tiegan Kett, Emilia Leslie, Erin McAlister, Ada Ostroumoff, Hannah Perris, Jay Picot, Mia Pirouet, Victoria Read, Billy Ruane, Isaac Seymour, Rosie Shaw, Jack Shuttleworth, Jack Soar, Michaela Taylor, Sarini Varma, Edo von Eijden.

All of the successful writers will be attending a prize-giving at the Town Hall this evening.

St Helier town hall

Pictured: All of the award winners in the Commonwealth Essay competition will attend a prize-giving this evening at the Town Hall.

Here is 12-year-old Eleanor’s winning entry in full…

A recipe for a common future  

“50g safety
100g pollution-free air
90g Adequate food
80g kindness
1 teaspoon of Education

You will need:

A home or a roof over your head.
A baking tray.
Eager people ready to help.
Baking paper.
Enough food to keep you going.
A bowl.
People who care and are polite.


First you need to mix safety with adequate food, which should give you a tasty looking brown mixture. These are key ingredients, and the recipe for a Common future cannot work without them. 

Next you need to add your 80g of kindness and mix it with your teaspoon of education, you will find that kindness and education blend beautifully together to form a paste which is smooth but firm enough to resist any bad behaviour. It is this subtle cocktail of kindness and the opportunity for education, that allows the children of tomorrow realise their dreams.


Pictured: Eleanor says that it is education "that allows the children of tomorrow to realise their dreams".

Next you need to mix them gently together which should make the pathway forward much smoother. With kindness comes understanding and patience. These qualities will help children to grow in confidence. This helps to turn them into the leaders of the future.

After you have done that pour in your 100g of pollution free air which should help the mixture breathe. Pollution free air provides a light, bouncy feeling, and injects life and energy into the concoction. Clean air is essential for all the ingredients to thrive and rise in the oven of life.

Give it a quick stir, then get some baking paper then smooth it on a baking tray. 

bees flower environment

Pictured: Protecting the environment is also high on the young writer's priorities, describing "clean air" as "essential for all the ingredients to thrive and rise in the oven of life".

After you have done that make 16 small round blobs of soft clear solution. These blobs will be different shapes and sizes, but that’s life. Variety is the spice of life, and all recipes will benefit from a touch of spice. All of them have potential and with the right care, will grow nicely.

Now all you need to do is put them in the oven for one hour and ten minutes. The oven needs to be a perfect climate for growth and happiness. Not too hot and not too cold. All good cooks need to keep their ovens well maintained. This mixture needs to be nurtured in a healthy environment, to ensure maximum growth and fulfilment. If we allow this environment to become too hot, then life will wither and die. It is our duty to keep the oven of life clean and healthy.

After an hour and ten minutes, you will find that your ingredients have cooked to perfection.

If you follow these simple instructions, you will have a common future filled with health, happiness and love.”

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Posted by Dave Charles on
One of the most lovely pieces I ever read. I want her to write the lyrics to my next song!
Posted by Karen Preece on
This should be sent to every head of State , wise words from one so young
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