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Rosewood Green Award – Open Age Local Poets

2017 Overall Winner & recipient of the Babies of Walloon bronze statuette

Chairperson’s School Award

Picture Ipswich Theme Awards

Chair’s Encouragement Awards

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

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

Eels by Freddy Davey (First Prize)

Night Time by Caterina Falco (Second Prize)

Creepers in the Daytime by Leo McNally (Third Prize)

I found a new HOME now by Ariba Omar (Highly Commended)

I have many friends from different countries,
But why do we need to treat someone special when it’s not needed.
I don’t need our sympathy,
Neither do I need money,
I just need a pat on my shoulders,
A nice smile can also brighten my day.
Why do people scare when I am addressed as a Refugee?
Is it so SCARY?
I don’t think so.
I have not come here to snatch your happiness and peaceful life,
I will not take your jobs too.
I just need peaceful sleep and want to see happiness on the face of my parents and siblings.
I love multicultural Australia,
I am not scared anymore.
I sleep peacefully throughout the entire night.
I love my freedom.
I really want to stand on top of the mountain and shout that I am happy NOW.
I can look in the eyes of the sun and can point out that the rays don’t affect me anymore as they are rays of happiness and hope in my new life.
Now I can proudly say that I have a place which is my HOME now,

I have my extended family-the whole country which has embraced and accepted me, my parents and my siblings.

Cars by Zachary Strickfuss (Highly Commended)

Waiting for my true friend-not anymore by Ariba Omar (Highly Commended)

I am a Bird by Ariba Omar (Highly Commended)

Cowry Shell by Holli Lang (Highly Commended)