Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

POETry for POET competition

Winning and commended entries have been published in a special Starting School edition of Studio. 

As there were so many entries for our competition, a special edition of Studio has been published. Showcasing poems of all genres and from a wide range of perspectives about starting school, this series of 40 poems can be used as a resource to prompt discussion about experiences or expectations of starting school.

The winning poem in the competition is:
'First day 1955' by Louise Nicholas

The highly commended poems are:
'Jerry-built' by Bill Cotter
'Too small' by Josephine Clarke

See below for full poems

Please note that the copyright for these poems belongs to the authors. If you would like to use these poems in any way, please contact the author via email to Paul Grover at

If you would like to obtain a copy of the special Starting School edition of Studio or would like to know more about the publication, please contact Paul Grover (editor) at The journal is available for $10 with free postage within Australia. Please send an enquiry via email for international postage rates.

Studio cover image

We wish to thank Nina for her permission to publish
'Friends at School' on the cover of this special edition.