Felicity van Rensburg, a Year 5 student at Harkaway Hills College, has won ISV's Student Poetry Competition in the Years 5-6 category for her poem, After the Fire. Here, she reads her winning poem.
Felicity van Rensburg, a Year 5 student at Harkaway Hills College, has won the Years 5-6 category for her poem, After the Fire.
The competition, part of our Arts Learning Festival, was open to students from all school sectors, and attracted more than 300 entries.
Announcing the winners, ISV Chief Executive Michelle Green said she was impressed by the creative confidence and optimism of the poems.
‘They have drawn on nature, natural disasters and personal experience to find strength and confidence in extremely difficult times,’ Ms Green said.
This is what the judges said about Felicity’s poem:
An evocative rollercoaster ride, the exuberant lines overflow with carefully crafted imagery of beauty, devastation and rebirth. It takes the breath away.
You can watch Felicity read the poem in the video below, and read it for yourself, along with the students awarded honourable mentions in the category for their outstanding work.
Every day this week, we’ll be sharing videos of our winners reciting their poems.
You can also watch these videos:
Adele Bilney, winner in the Prep-Year 2 category, reading her poem, Winter, by clicking here.
Mehak Soin, winner in the Years 3-4 category, reading her poem, Silver Lining, by clicking here.
Ravin Rathnayake, winner in the Years 7-8 category, reading his poem, by clicking here.
Haelie Roberts, winner in the Years 9-10, reading her poem, Hope in a Whistle, by clicking here.
Derek Villaceran, winner in the Years 11-12 category, reading his poem, Summer Longings, by clicking here.
You can also find full result details in the news section of the Arts Learning Festival website.
After the Fire, by Felicity van Rensburg
Glorious mountains, luscious bush,
Ancient gumtrees, ferns and florals,
Sounds of joyful birds singing with delight,
Nature pristine, reflecting the Creator’s glory.
Majestic, towering trees, cover the hilltops,
Patriarchs of the forest,
Emerald green and full of life,
In the breeze, their delicate leaves descend.
But now, the air is scorching,
And the wind is howling like a wolf.
Orange flickering light,
dangerous to nature.
It follows the wind’s path,
And catches contagious flames,
That spread across the dry, thin grass.
Soon, smoke rises and embers spurt into the air.
Raging with fury, vicious and violent.
Starving, searching for fuel.
Snaking its way from limb to limb,
Twisting and turning.
Journeying through the paperbark forest,
Spoiling nature’s beauty.
Devouring all things in sight.
And yet, its hunger, unsatisfied.
Blazing flames, scorching heat,
Enlarges to a towering size,
Choking smoke covers the sky.
And now, spotting its target,
It soars down the mountain.
The cruel, savage, blaze,
Descends on houses below,
Charging towards them.
Devouring homes in one swoosh,
Covering them with a blanket of smoke.
Mantle piece memories obliterated,
All that remains is ash and dust.
The death of the forest stands in silence,
Cracking and crunching begins the thunder.
Rain starts to pour,
Washing away ash and death.
A new dawn awakes,
With a new golden sensation,
Returning to the sky,
Smoke quietly fades away.
Exploding through the clouds, the glow brightens,
Fresh, clean air flows, trees breathe,
Little sprouts of green spread across the fields,
Regrowth emerges, new life beginning.
Aaron Kwok, Year 5, Brighton Beach Primary School
Mia Pearce, Year 6, Christian College Geelong
Amy Schmideg, Year 5, The King David School
Too Cool for School
Zeina Abbass, Year 6, Kew Primary School
Grace Sudjono, Year 5, Harkaway Hills College
Woman in the Window
Lulu Fyffe Goodall, Year 5, Spensley Street Primary
Evangeline Harris, Year 6, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
Anzac Day – Landing in Gallipoli
Raquel Cruz-Huerta, Year 5, Harkaway Hills College
Lucy Weisner, Year 6, Mount Scopus Memorial College
A Field of Darkness
Sophie Kuzmina, Year 6, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
Beyond the Window
Romany Faulknor, Year 6, Fitzroy Community School
Odette Rozsa, Year 6, Fitzroy Community School
I Used to Live Here
Evanthia Valerie Acklin, Year 5, Genezzano, FCJ College
Vivienne Pally, Year 5, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
Lucinda Barker, Year 5, Christian College, Geelong
Stephanie Berryman, Year 5, Fitzroy Community School
Where I Used to Live
Charlotte Di Mauro, Year 6, Holy Rosary Primary School
Winners in other categories
Winter, by Adele Bilney, Year 2, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School
Silver Lining, by Mehak Soin, Year 4, Melbourne Girls Grammar
Hope, by Ravin Rathnayake, Year 8, Haileybury College Edrington
Hope in a Whistle, by Haelie Roberts, Year 9, Olivet Christian College
Summer Longings, by Derek Villaceran, Year 12, Lilydale High School
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