Poetry inspires award-winning essays

TWO Rochester Secondary College students have been recognised for their literary talents. 

Year 11 student Ebony Hooper and year 10 student Meagan Baker entered an international schools competition and wrote essays based on a poem by Robert Burns. 

Both recently received awards from the Robert Burns World Federation for their work.

Ms Hooper said she had become more interested in the work of the 18th century poet since entering the competition. 

“It was a new experience,” she said. 

“I’ve looked at his other poems and he was very talented.”

The essays centred around a Burns quote about man’s inhumanity. 

“We had to find topics to fit that,” Ms Baker explained. 

“It was interesting to learn because neither of us knew about Robert Burns before or had read his poems. 

“We hope it’s inspired other people to get into the competition.”

Bendigo Burns Club president Jim Millar said he had been “absolutely delighted” with the results.

“I’ve been trying to get schools into Burns’ work and their teacher Peter McIver got them to say they’ll give it a go,” he said. 

“They’re beautiful essays.”

Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan said the school and the girls’ families could be proud. 

“It’s great that two young girls from Rochester have flown the flag for central Victoria so superbly,” she said. – BLAIR THOMSON

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