TAMWORTH Public School has earned special recognition in one of the nation’s most prestigious poetry awards.
For only the third time in the Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards’ 29-year history a school as a whole received a commendation for its students’ works.
Tamworth Public School principal Lee Preston said he and his students were thrilled.
“It’s a bit of a rare thing when you get it,” he said yesterday.
“I announced it at the assembly this morning and the (students) were very pleased and gave themselves a big round of applause.”
Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards project officer Mila Stone said for a whole school to be commended, its students had to show effort, quality of achievement and a high standard of entries.
She said it was particularly special for Tamworth Public, because it had supported the oldest and largest national poetry competition for school-aged children since its inception.
Mr Preston said poetry was an integral part of literacy.
“It’s also something that kids from all different walks of life – they all seem to relate to poetry,” he said.
Two Tamworth Public students received a commended for their individual poems: Josh George, 11, and Macklin Fitzgerald, 10.
Shea Devnie, 15, of Parry School, was also commended.
Gunnedah South Public School was awarded a highly commended in the Lower Primary section.
The awards were presented at the Civic Theatre in Gunnedah.