Student Poetry Competition 2021: And the winners are…

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino congratulates the winners of ISV's Student Poetry Competition.

Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) has announced the winners of our Student Poetry Competition 2021.

The competition was open to students from all school sectors and received an amazing level of engagement with some 350 entries.

Students were able to write on any subject, with the optional theme of Joy. Judges were moved by the poetry of the students and found a ‘true shared humanity’ in the things that brought our children joy.

ISV Chief Executive Michelle Green said she was impressed by light and shade expressed in the poems, reflecting the maturity and resilience of students of all ages.

‘What strikes me is that students have the strength and confidence to simultaneously acknowledge sadness and optimism,’ Ms Green said.

Victoria’s Deputy Premier and Minister for Education James Merlino unveiled this year’s winners in a special video message congratulating our student poets and urging them to keep writing.

The winners are:

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 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.

The judges were so impressed with this year’s entries that they have put together an article, Celebrating the Joy of our young poets, to acknowledge the many joyful lines, from students in Prep-Year 6. Although many of these didn’t make the prize list, we couldn’t let them go unnoticed.

The Student Poetry Competition is part of ISV’s Arts Learning Festival and reflects our long-standing commitment to the role of the arts as an integral part of school education.

You can also find full result details in the news section of the Arts Learning Festival website