Max, a poem by Mia Mastroianni

Mia Mastroianni, a Year 2 student at St. Margaret's Berwick Grammar School, has won ISV's Student Poetry Competition 2021 in the Prep-Year 2 category for her poem, Max. Here, she recites her winning poem.

Mia Mastroianni, a Year 2 student at St. Margaret’s Berwick Grammar School, has won ISV’s Student Poetry Competition 2021 in the Years Prep-Year 2 category for her poem, Max.

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 Mia’s poem:

A fresh take on the life of a pet dog with a unique way of making the reader smile.

You can watch Mia 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:

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

Years 5-6: Grace Sudjono, a Year 6 student at Harkaway Hills College, for her poem, Awaiting Spring.

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

Max, by Mia Mastroianni

Our pet dog’s name is Max

He thinks he is a human

He runs away when he sees dog food,

because he thinks it is not that good.

He loves to eat toast in the morning.

And if my mum feeds him rice and chicken,

He licks the bowl again and again.

At times he is annoying,

when we take him for a walk

or if we go to the park.

All he does is growls and bark.

He would prefer to lie down happily.

Watching the birds flying freely.

My nanna couldn’t understand

Why the birds are his friends?

Our Pet Dog Max

thinks he is a human.

Honourable mentions

Jana Abou-eid,
Year 1, Ilim College

Ben White, Year 2, Fitzroy Community School

River Sailing
Patrick Elias, Prep, Fitzroy Community School

James Behrendorff, Year 1, Fitzroy Community School

Sheridan Falcone, Year 2, St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar School

Audrey Mead, Prep, Fitzroy Community School

Bilal Taha, Year 2, Ilim College

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