Awaiting Spring, a poem by Grace Sudjono

Grace Sudjono, a Year 6 student at Harkaway Hills College, has won ISV's Student Poetry Competition 2021 in the Years 5-6 category for her poem, Awaiting Spring. Here, she recites her winning poem.

Grace Sudjono, a Year 6 student at Harkaway Hills College, has won ISV’s Student Poetry Competition 2021 in the Years 5-6 category for her poem, Awaiting Spring.

The competition, part of our Arts Learning Festival, was open to students from all school sectors, and attracted some 350 entries.

This is what the judges said about Grace’s poem:

This beautiful, lyrical poem, with its waterfall of vibrant words, is a joyful ride through the four seasons.

You can watch Grace 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.

Here are the winners in other categories:

Prep-Year 2: Mia Mastroianni, a Year 2 student at St. Margaret’s Berwick Grammar School  for her poem, Max.

Years 3-4: Ariana Fais, a Year 3 student at Elwood Primary School, for her poem, The Wolves of the Night.

Years 7-8: Nechama Davis, a Year 8 student at Beth Rivkah Ladies College, for her poem, Dancing with Tempestas.

Years 9-10: Melis Benli, a Year 10 student at Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School, for her poem, Lighting the Fire.

Years 11-12: Emma Jones, a Year 12 student at Tintern Grammar, for her poem, Father and Daughter.

You can also find full result details and view Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino here, and in the news section of the Arts Learning Festival website

Awaiting Spring, by Grace Sudjono

I hear the voice of Summer;

Pinnacle of life for all seasons.

Calling me outside,

Into the glorious sun,

Wrapping me in her warm, brilliant rays.

The sunlight illuminates the ancient gums,

Radiating it’s glory.

The wattles sway

And trip in the breeze.

The kookaburras chuckle,

Galahs and Lorikeets galore

Join in the chorus,

Singing to the tune.

Summer, who took the throne,


Her sister takes her place.

Lush, verdant greens,

Turn to vivid hues

Of orange, ochre and gold.

An old, dry, sharp, prickly smell,

Hovers in the air.

The warmth lingers; 

A persistent reminder

Of the cold that is to come.

Autumn falls into a slumber,

Giving herself over to Winter.

She sends sharp warnings to stay inside,

Howling from the eaves.

A mantle of frost,

Covers the dry, dead leaves,

That crunch like sugar underfoot.

Beneath bare trees; naked from winter’s rasp.

The wind bites!

The air is frozen lace on my skin.

The sea has surrendered her blue,

Ocean stones are darker than ever.

Spring melts Winter’s icy bouquet,

Her parade in bright bloom.

Banksias step delicately onto the stage,

Honeysuckles soon follow.

Trees rise to the occasion,

Donning their best verdant hues.

The buzzing of insects,

The optimistic birdsong,

Enlivens all hearts.

Spring rests her rainbow palette,

And sends her rain

To kiss the rich, brown soils;

To awaken tiny seedings

And sing to them as they grow.

Honourable mentions

The Joy of Words
Harvey Behrendorf
, Year 6, Fitzroy Community School

Down Under
Felicity van Rensburg, Year 6, Harkaway Hills College

I am the Fire
Yannee Xu, Year 5, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Dawn and Dusk
Ella Xiang, Year 6, Wesley College Glen Waverley

Min Xin Sim, Year 6, Camelot Rise Primary School

Little Lettie
Laura Liu, Year 6, St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar School

The Untitled Joy
Eugenie You, Year 5, Fintona Girls’ School

Us All
Ada Hammerton-Lee, Year 5, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School,

The Great Grampians
Annabel Stuckey, Year 6, Harkaway Hills College

Sapphire Mountains
Julianna Avila Daboub, Year 6, Harkaway Hills College

Nature’s Magic
Monica Yu, Year 5, Harkaway Hills College

Valeria Castro O’Byrne, Year 5, Harkaway Hills College

The Reef
Christine Silva, Year 6, Harkaway Hills College

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