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2014 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Edwards Property Mentorship Award

Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

Joy Chambers & Reg Grundy Award – Open Age Other Poetry

Metro Hotel Ipswich International Award – Open Age Bush Poetry

A Lesson in Life by Shelley Hansen (First Prize)

In the Wake of the Deluge by Brenda Joy (Second Prize)

The Untold Story by Leonie Parker (Third Prize)

How Long Will We Cry? by Kevin Pye (Highly Commended)

Fire at Dawson’s Run by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Tale of Molly Riley by Catherine Lee (Highly Commended)

The Property by Susan Sommerlad (Highly Commended)

100 Years Since Anzac by Jim Cosgrove (Highly Commended)

There’s 100 years since Anzac, since the war to end all wars
Yet Australia’s sons and daughters still respond to freedom’s cause
In those hundred years of fighting there’s a lot that’s still the same
And the good old Aussie Digger still brings honour to his name.

We behold the Aussie Spirit in this proud Centenary
And the birthplace of a Nation – “Anzac Cove – Gallipoli”
Where a Lone Pine tells the story of those men who paid the price
And is testament to Glory found in acts of Sacrifice

For it’s not the prize of victory that marks our celebration
But the ‘Spirit’ of Gallipoli that so describes our nation
It’s the character of Mateship, it’s the courage that they showed
And the selflessness that saw them fall with faces to the foe

They were young and full of life when they responded to the call
They were looking for adventure and they knew no fear at all
When confronted by the torments that for all who war awaits
They endured the hell and horror through commitment to their mates

They endured great deprivation, hunger, hardship, thirst and pain
Beside their mates, with gritted teeth they’d joke and not complain
They would clamour over trenches with machine guns spewing death
They knew their Mates would watch their back until their dying breath

At battles on the Western Front, in jungles of Korea
The mud of the Kokoda Track, the Last Charge at Beersheeba
The Tunnel rats of Vietnam, Malaya, Timor Leste
Tobruk, Iraq, Afghanistan – Our diggers gave their best

Let us recall our Diggers’ traits of which we all take pride
The Larrikin, the Optimist, the ones who always tried
The willingness to lend a hand and greet life with a smile
The willingness to sacrifice their lives in times of trial

Across the years these Anzac voices call to you and me
Do not forget the sacrifice of mates who set you free
Of those young souls whom age won’t weary nor the years condemn
By living Anzac Spirit lives – We will remember them

So when we hear the bugle play its solemn haunting strain
When Last Post bids us to recall young vital lives again
In silence may our hearts reflect on Anzac’s hundred years
On those who sacrificed their lives and those who shed their tears

Then as the bugle rouses us from silent reverie
As themes of life and freedom dawn anew for you and me
Australians all let us rejoice – For we are young and free
The Spirit of the Anzacs starts its second century.

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years