In order to commemorate World Poetry Day on 21st March the Yarram Secondary College Resource Centre staff organised and ran a student poetry writing competition. Mrs Jan Bull from Foster’s Little Bookshop was invited as a guest judge and Assistant Principal, Ms Lyn Kerrison was called upon to judge the Middle School category and the Resource Centre Manager, Mrs Sarah Gregory was called upon to judge the Junior and Senior categories. Winners were selected from Junior, Middle and Senior School categories. Competition was so fierce however, especially in the Junior category, that two Foster’s Little Bookshop (FLB) Encouragement Awards were also decided upon, one for the Junior School and one for the Middle/Senior School. A highlight of the judging day was the very high quality of the submissions, indeed one of our English teachers, Miss Nicole Adomeit voted for two poems she thought were senior contributions only to find out that they were both submitted by a Year 8 student. Likewise, at certain points in the day all of the judges were left speechless by the depth and quality of the entries. The ‘task’ of judging ended up being most enjoyable, with animated discussion of each poem’s virtues and of our poets’ raw talent. Plans are already in place to embed the poetry competition in our extra-curricular timetable for 2015 and beyond.
2014 Poetry Competition Winners:
Junior School Winner: Pure Evil by Eli Kerrison-Male Junior School FLB Encouragement Award: Meadow of Clouds by Hayley Hands Middle School Winner: Untitled by Taylor Gregory Senior School Winner: The Monster Inside Me by Hannah Maciol Middle/Senior School FLB Encouragement Award: Becoming a Man by Kristen Sellings Overall, 26 poems were submitted, including 7 from Mrs Eva Hirt’s 7/8 English class. These students all submitted a beautifully presented and thoughtful acrostic poem. All students in this class will be presented with a certificate and prize and are to be congratulated on their participation and achievement in the competition. In conjunction with the official judging a People’s Choice was also run where staff and students could vote for their favourite poem. It will come as no surprise to a lot of you that Shane Barlow’s untitled poem on his family was the resounding winner. The inaugural poetry competition is the first of a number of library events slated for 2014. Mrs Gregory hopes to see interest in future competitions grow as students develop confidence with their writing.