Talented Year 9 poet, Lucia Gelonesi, has just achieved more acclaim for her powerful works. Her poem “Sicilian Music Box” was selected as the winning poem in the Junior Category of the Somerset National Poetry Prize. Her poem “Little Manly” was also shortlisted in the competition. The Somerset Award aims to encourage a love of writing poetry in school students and to stimulate excellence in writing. We congratulate Lucia on this outstanding achievement and look forward to encouraging more students to submit work for this competition in the future. Lucia’s poems can be read online at; https://www.storyfest.com.au/competitions/poetry-prize
This year over 70 students from Years 7 – 10 entered the Betty Behan and Gwen Cockell writing prizes. The English Department were delighted to read so many powerful short stories and poems. Students should look out for their work in the Lux magazine released next year as we were able to include extracts from a number of the pieces.
We had so many good entries that we have also Highly Commended students in each competition. The prize winners will be awarded at speech night.
The Betty Behan Memorial Short Story Prize – Junior was awarded to Mathilde Leys in Year 7 for her vivid story “Danse Macabre.” Mathilde drew from her study of Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book” to create an ethereal representation of the Dance of Death. Lucia Gelonesi and Mary Williams, both in Year 8, were Highly Commended for this prize.
The Betty Behan Memorial Short Story Prize - Senior was awarded to Jedda Thorley in Year 10 for her short story “Saltbush.” Her poignant coming-of-age story focuses on Ethan, a young man coping with his mother’s serious illness. Claudia Hunt in Year 9 and Phoebe Masnick in Year 10 were both Highly Commended for this prize.
The Gwen Cockell Prize for Creative Writing was particularly hotly contested. We congratulate Lucia Gelonesi who has been awarded the prize after submitting three of her evocative poems. We have also Highly Commended Laura Davies in Year 7 as well as Kate Brenner and Emily Wu, both in Year 8.
Thank you to all of the students who shared their work. We are very proud of all of our writers.
Head of English