Student Poetry Competition 2023: And the winners are…

The winning poems in the annual Student Poetry Competition run by Independent Schools Victoria have been drawn from close to 600 entries from schools across the state.



Many of the winning poems, totalling well over 100,000 words from students ranging from Foundation to Year 12, focussed on the optional theme of ‘journeys’.


In a media release announcing the winners, ISV Chief Executive Michelle Green said this year’s record number of entries confirmed the popularity of poetry among young people.


‘It’s further evidence that students embrace the arts when it’s an integral part of the school curriculum,’ Ms Green said.


Read the written entries, watch the winning performance poems and find out which students received honourable mentions via the links below.


Foundation – Year 2
Written poetry winners
  • ‘The Friendship Journey’, by Mia Chen
    Wesley College
  • ‘Holding On’, by Georgia Stuckey
    Harkaway Hills College
Performance poetry winners

No entries received.


Explore the Foundation – Year 2 entries

Year 3 – 4
Written poetry winners
  • ‘Autumn is Come’, by Claerwen Watkins
    Geelong Grammar School
  • ‘Mother’, by Mia Healey
    Strathcona Girls Grammar School
Performance poetry winners
  • ‘In The Car With Mum’, by Mateusz Stankiewicz
    Plenty Valley Christian College
  • ‘The Australian Journey’, by Naushali Navaratne
    Harkaway Hills College

Explore the Year 3 – 4 entries

Year 5 – 6
Written poetry winners
  • ‘Little Blue’s Beginning’, by Zaid Zuhair
    Fitra Community School
  • ‘My Greek BIG Grandfather Who Came from There to Here’, by Maverick Lawrence-Politis
    Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
  • ‘Whispers of Childhood’, by Scarlette Wong
    St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar
Performance poetry winners
  • ‘A Simple Guide to Taking a Successful Journey’, by Millie Daniel
    Woodleigh School

Explore the Year 5 – 6 entries

Year 7 – 8
Written poetry winners
  • ‘Online Friends’, by Pippa L O’Connor
    Ballarat Grammar School
  • ‘Listen to the Music’, by Sebastian De Marte
    Christian College Geelong
Performance poetry winners
  • ‘The Man on The Steering Wheel’, by Aurelia Cabrera
    The Knox School
  • ‘A Voice’, by Charlie Russo
    Woodleigh School
  • Journey Thus Far’, by Grace Sudjono
    Harkaway Hills College

Explore the Year 7 – 8 entries

Year 9 – 10
Written poetry winners
  • ‘I’m Confused. Who am I?’, by Arooj Bilal
    Sirius College
  • ‘What Have We Done?’ by Ally Russo
    Balcombe Grammar School
Performance poetry winners
  • ‘Wrong My Rights’, by Katherine Lam
    Presbyterian Ladies’ College Melbourne

Explore the Year 9 – 10 entries

Year 11 – 12
Written poetry winners
  • ‘May’, by Lotus Das-Hyland
    Lauriston Girls’ School
  • ‘The Death of The Sun – Part 2’, by Marianna Mossonidis
    Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
  • ‘Ouroboros’, by Jasmyn Carr
    Penleigh & Essendon Grammar School
Performance poetry winners

No prizes awarded in this category.


Explore the Year 11 – 12 entries

According to this year’s judges, ‘the joy of discovering often breathtaking poetry has been an enormous thrill.’


Now in its fourth year, the Student Poetry Competition has established itself as an annual highlight of ISV’s arts learning program and reflects our long-standing commitment to the arts as an integral part of school education.