All student poems

The School

Kingston High School is a co-educational state high school in Kingston, Tasmania. The school teaches students in grades 7-10 and currently has approximately 600 students enrolled.  Kingston High School is recognised as a leader in education in Tasmania and is renowned for its focus on technology and progressive approach to teaching and learning.

In 2011 Kingston High School moved to a newly built campus with state of the art learning facilities.  The new campus, with its distinctive pod style architecture, enjoys magnificent views of the Derwent River and Mount Wellington. 

The Project

Grade 9 and 10 students in Assistant Principal Mr. Steven Figg’s elective Creative Writing class explored activities from the Cabinet of Lost and Found learning resource.  They completed the core activity of a poem inspired by a talismanic object and craft several other poems.  Students showcased their writing and presented it to a public audience in late May.

The Poet

Esther Ottaway

Esther Ottaway's poetry has appeared in The Australian and leading literary journals over eight years. She was Australian Young Poet of the Year 2006 and has won a number of national poetry competitions, grants and residencies. Her debut poetry collection Blood Universe explores pregnancy and motherhood. 'Exceptionally vivid, moving, sometimes ironic, never sentimentalised, and very powerful' (Judith Beveridge). Blood Universe sells for $10 from Tasmanian bookshops or purchase through Pardalote Press. 

Esther featured in the 2008 Red Room project, Nightwrighting.