Congratulations to Carmel student, Kayleigh Waugh, whose essay has been shortlisted in the NCH Essay Competition.

Every year the New College of the Humanities (NCH) holds an Essay Competition for Year 12 students. The competition is open to students all around the world and they provide a selection of questions for them to base their essays on. This year, Lower Sixth student, Kayleigh Waugh, entered her essay entitled: ‘Are we morally responsible for our actions, even if they are ultimately caused by factors beyond our control?’ This was shortlisted out of 5000  competition entries!

Kayleigh attended a number of 1:1 sessions with her teacher, Glenn Skelhorn, to explore the ideas surrounding her chosen question. She will attend a virtual online ceremony with NCH to celebrate all the students shortlisted.

Kayleigh is thrilled to that her essay was selected and feels it’s a rare opportunity. She is very proud of the progress and effort she has made to get her essay shortlisted. She says : “I chose the philosophy subject because of Glenn’s inspiring passion for it. I was influenced by his recommendation to take up such an offer. Philosophy is something that I’ve been newly interested and committed to. It’s even something that I hope to take up further at university after being introduced to it in college.”

Reflecting on her past year at Carmel, Kayleigh said : “The past year at Carmel has really opened my eyes to a world of philosophical thinking. I’m more than proud to be part of the Religion, Ethics and Philosophy department at Carmel. I’ve learnt from some of the best tutors out there!”

Kayleigh is hoping to go on to study Philosophy and Modern Languages at Oxford University in the future.

We wish her the best of luck.

Find out more about the competition here –