Congratulations to the 2021 Roland Leach Poetry Prize winners

Congratulations to the 2021 Roland Leach Poetry Prize winners

At a special presentation evening held at the Mt Claremont Community Centre and officiated by Patron Roland Leach and City of Nedlands Deputy Mayor Cr Leo McManus, Ms Poppy Bell from Presbyterian Ladies’ College was named Overall Winner of the 2021 Roland Leach Poetry Prize, for her poem ‘shoelaces’.

With 540 entries from around the State, first, second and third prizes were awarded in each category, as well as high commendations and an overall winner.  Renowned Western Australian poet Kevin Gillian, who was judging the contest for the first time, was delighted at the variety and calibre of entries. 

The Roland Leach Poetry Prize is a biennial competition run by the City of Nedlands Library Service.  The competition aims to promote poetry in the community and to recognise and reward outstanding, original works by Western Australian primary and high school students.

Due to COVID-19, the competition was postponed last year, however this year, the eighth year of the competition, 540 entries were received from 69 schools.  This was an outstanding result showcasing a wealth of talent from a broad range of students from Years 3 to 12.

Winners of the Roland Leach Poetry Prize for 2021

The Most Enthusiastic School Award was won by Christchurch Grammar School with 59 entries, and The Most Poetic School was Presbyterian Ladies’ College with two category winners and the overall winner.

Overall Winner of the Roland Leach Poetry Prize for 2021 is Poppy Bell from Presbyterian Ladies’ College for her poem called ‘shoelace’.

Category A: Middle Primary: years 3 and 4

1st Prize

Liesl Ho for Animal Dilemma

Nedlands Primary School

 

2nd Prize

Kavya Mistry for Story

Methodist Ladies’ College

3rd Prize

Adia Krejci for Djilba

Subiaco Primary School

Highly Commended

 

Prachi Shah for Spring

Karrinyup Primary

School 

 

 

Category B: Upper Primary:  years 5 and 6

1st Prize

Justicio Ksatrianto for When the Earth was born

Nedlands Primary School

 

2nd Prize

Rosie Ashton for My Special Field

Little Grove Primary School

3rd Prize

Hugo Lawer for My Country

Wembley Primary School

Highly Commended

 

Alexander Antic for Inside the Statue’s Mind

Osborne Primary

School 

 

 

Category C: Lower Secondary:  years 7, 8 and 9

1st Prize

Thalia Therese Kurniawan for That is Visual Art to Me!

John XXIII College

 

2nd Prize

Victoria Hill for Social media is ruining our nation

St Stephens School

3rd Prize

Elizaveta Fedotova for A Story of an Unborn Child

Bob Hawke College

Highly Commended

 

Eleni Chapman for The Virun from Wuhan

Chisholm Catholic College 

 

 

Category D: Upper Secondary: years 10, 11 and 12

1st Prize

Poppy Bell for shoelaces

Presbyterian Ladies’ College

 

2nd Prize

Poppy Bell for Potlucks

Presbyterian Ladies’ College

 

3rd Prize

Pippa Atwell for Creatures of digits

Presbyterian Ladies’ College

 

Highly Commended

 

Claire Dunn for Math Problem

Nagle Catholic

College 

 

 

Photo caption:

Front row: Hugo Lawer, Alexander Antic, Adia Krejci, Kavya Mistry, Liesl Ho, Eleni Chapman, Thalia Therese Kurniawan.  Back row:  Victoria Hill, Elizaveta Fedotova, Poppy Bell, Pippa Atwell.  Far left: Roland Leach.  Far right: Deputy Mayor, Cr Leo McManus

ENDS

About the City of Nedlands

The City of Nedlands is situated 7km from the Perth CBD and stretches from the banks of the Swan River to the white sands of the Indian Ocean. Covering the suburbs of Nedlands, Dalkeith, Mt Claremont, Swanbourne, Karrakatta and parts of Floreat and Shenton Park, the City of Nedlands is home to a population of approximately 22,000 residents.

 

For further information please contact communications@nedlands.wa.gov.au or 9273 3500