Silver Lining, a poem by Mehak Soin

Mehak Soin, a Year 4 student at Melbourne Girls Grammar, has won ISV's Student Poetry Competition in the Years 3-4 section for her poem, Silver Lining. Here, she reads her winning poem.

Mehak Soin, a Year 4 student at Melbourne Girls Grammar, has won ISV’s  Student Poetry Competition in the Years 3-4 section for her poem, Silver Lining.

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 Mehak’s poem:

A sincere and hopeful ode to the pandemic. The short phrases and crispness of language engage and inspire.

You can watch Mehak 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 watch our winner in the Prep-Year 2 category, Adele Bilney, reading her poem, Winter, by clicking here.

Felicity van Rensburg, winner in the Years 5-6, reading her poem, After the Fire, 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.

Mehak Soin recites her winning poem, Silver Lining, described by the judges as 'a sincere and hopeful ode to the pandemic.'

Silver Lining, by Mehak Soin

Dark, Doom, Danger

Moon mysteriously gone

The winds wearing down

Schools amidst shutdowns

People living in lockdown

Nation in nightmare

World suffering in sadness

All I hear are sounds of silence

Things are going tough


Universe is united in cure

People healing with hope

Workers are our warriors

We are braver than we believe

We are stronger than we seem

Tough times never last

Now is the time to stand up or never

Together we will get through

Australia, we are in it altogether

Honourable mentions

Ada Hammerton-Lee, Year 4, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Morning Dew

Riley Wooster, Year 4, Shepparton East Primary School


Jonah Solomon, Year 4, The King David School,

The Wonders of my Backyard

Yannee Xu, Year 4, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School


Winners in other sections

Prep-Year 2

Winter, by Adele Bilney, Year 2, Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School

Years 5-6

After the Fire, by Felicity van Rensburg, Year 5, Harkaway Hills College

Years 7-8

Hope, by Ravin Rathnayake, Year 8, Haileybury College Edrington

Years 9-10

Hope in a Whistle, by Haelie Roberts, Year 9, Olivet Christian College

Years 11-12

Summer Longings, by Derek Villaceran, Year 12, Lilydale High School

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