KYABRAM’S budding junior poets are well versed in capturing an audience.
The 59-strong band of primary school performers impressed judges at the Kyabram Bush Verse Group’s annual school children’s reciting competition.
The competition, which had been held annually since 2004, saw students compete in the individual section for the Jolly Swagman trophy or the team section for the Waltzing Matilda award.
Some students took self-penned poetry out for a spin while others chose to perform established works by well known Australian authors.
Bush Verse Group secretary Mick Coventry said the students performed with great confidence and the judging panel had a difficult task in selecting the winners.
‘‘The winner of the Jolly Swagman award for an individual performance was Chloe Villani from St Augustine’s College with a wonderful rendition of the Banjo Paterson poem A Dog’s Mistake,’’ he said.
‘‘The Waltzing Matilda award was won by the duo of Rose Grills and Indra Hubble, also from St Augustine’s, who gave a superb performance of the Dorothea Mackellar poem My Country.
‘‘The members of the Kyabram Bush Verse Group are pleased with the level of participation each year and would like to acknowledge the teachers and parents who provide so much encouragement to the competitors.’’
If any schools are interested in joining the competition, call Mick Coventry on 0427 522 097.