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Queensland Times Award- 14-15 Years

Broderick Family Award – 11-13 Years

2016 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

Once by Poppy Bell (5-17 Yrs. Winner)

Once,

Once, I knew how to capture the essence of something and put it into words.
Once, I knew how to paint with letters and draw with punctuation.
Once, I knew how to make my writing sing like the nightingale
Once, I knew how to discover the true moral of something and show it
Once, I knew how to find the ugly and see the beauty in it
Once, I knew how to write a poem that could speak for itself,
Once, I knew how to tell a story that seemed to come alive,
Once, I knew how to make a lullaby for the stars at night,
Once, I knew how to convince anyone to believe in themselves
Once, I knew how to turn the impossible into reality
Once, I knew how to take something old and make it my own,
Once, I knew how to see the excitement in a blank canvas.
Once, not now, I knew how to live.

Now,

Now, I am troubled trying to put my surroundings to words.
Now, I can only paint with paint and draw with a pencil.
Now, my writing sings with a hoarse throat.
Now, I cannot recognise a hidden moral or meaning.
Now, I see the ugly as only ugly, nothing else
Now, I cannot teach my poem words to speak.
Now, I can only read stories out of paper books.
Now, I do not have the energy to compose a song for stars.
Now, I doubt others, and even myself.
Now, I find that the impossible cannot be made possible.
Now, I cannot relate to anything as my very own.
Now, I only see plain white on a blank canvas.

Once, not now, I knew how to live.

Teach me again.

The Pet Shop by Maree Reedman (Open Age)

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

Ipswich City Council Award – 16-17 Years

Ipswich District Teacher Librarian Network Award – 8-10 Years

River 94.9 Award – 5-7 Years