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Kayla Ng Clinches Silver Award of Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition 

Every year, Fairfield’s student journalists take part in The Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competition (QCEC). It provides a platform for all youths from Commonwealth countries to share their writing skills and convey vital messages. This year’s theme was ‘Community in the Commonwealth’. Fairfield is proud to announce that Kayla Ng from Secondary 2D clinched the Silver Award in 2021. Here is her essay!

A little over a year ago, everything was normal. People were busy living their lives, going to school, hanging out with their friends, and even travelling the world. But now, all those things feel so far away, like they never were. We are forced to be confined to our homes, restricted from going out or gathering with our family and friends.

I have always loved being in the company of my friends, seeing their expressions when I crack a joke, or being in their warm, comforting embrace when I am feeling down. My friends are like an umbrella on a rainy day; they are my escape from reality and the ones who manage to make me laugh in any situation. However, not being able to meet them face-to-face made me feel as if a part of me was missing. Sure, WhatsApp calls and Zoom meetings are always an option, but it is not the same as being with them in person.

I still remember our Primary 6 graduation party. The Hall was filled with colourful balloons and confetti, the sound of laugher reverberating through the room. Groups of students sat on the floor in a circle, playing UNO, while others took group photos at the photo booth. I sat at a table, happily eating while chatting with some friends and past teachers. That day was unlike any other. We shared hugs and made countless memories as we closed another chapter of our lives.

As Aristotle once said, “Man is by nature a social animal.” We, as humans, naturally seek the companionship of others, are intended to live in relationships, and be a part of society, which is where we develop our potential and respond to vocations. As the rate of vaccinations increases, I grow more hopeful that the end of this pandemic is nearly upon us. I long for a meal with friends, talking about future plans and reminiscing about the craziness of the past year. I am counting down the days until we can finally go out with no fear and without a stupid mask.

Written By: Kayla Ng