- Saturday, 5 May 2007
NORTH Queensland school students are showing their talents as writers of fine poetry. Several students have won awards in national poetry writing Competitions. All Souls St Gabriels School student Scott Alford was the overall first place winner in the secondary section of the Little Swaggies written competition of the Waltzing Matilda Bush Poetry Awards at Winton.
Scott, a Years student, received a Little Swaggie trophy and 1,250 for his school for his bush ballad Brad's Big Fish.
Awards co-ordinator Louise Dean from Winton said the competition encouraged School students to attempt the art of putting stories into poetry format using the bush poetry style of rhyme and rhythm. This year more than 500 entries were received from both primary and secondary students from many states of Australia.
Scott's poem is the story of his older brother Tim and his mate Brad on a fishing trip.
However, Scott was not the only winning student from All Souls St Gabriels. The school had a clean sweep in the secondary section with fellow Year 8 students Courtney Myles gaining second place and Travis Cook third.
Another poetry prize winner was Year 6 student Ben Fryer from Annandale State School. Ben was a third place winner in the Calling All Poets Write4Fun 2005 Poetry competition.
Source: Townsville Bulletin