Students Ngan Tran, Bonnie Rudd, and Frank Urban dazzled members of the Port Macquarie Rotary Club with three beautiful poems.

The Rotary Club of Port Macquarie has been an advocate and supporter of Poetry and have encouraged College students to participate in the National Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Writing Competition. This year Port Macquarie Campus had a record of 138 entries.

Students Ngan Tran's recited her poem "Tear Drops", Bonnie Rudd "Homeless and Frank Urban recited his poem "Water". Both Ngan and Bonnie received commended awards in the Dorothy Mackellar poetry competition held this year.

Poetry builds resilience in students; it fosters social and emotional learning. A well-crafted phrase or two in a poem can help the audience see an experience in an entirely new way. We can gain insight that had evaded us many times and poetry brings to life a new understanding and strength.

Poetry also promotes literacy, builds community, and fosters emotional resilience. It opens avenues for speaking and listening. Shared in this way, poetry brings an authentic connection to audiences which motivates students in the love of writing.

Poetry allows students to paint sketches of society and their experiences, using metaphor, imagery and symbolic language to describe experiences using language to serve a deep internal purpose.

Mrs von Schoenberg gave a short speech to members on the power of poetry and thanked the club for their generosity. Port Macquarie Rotary Club generously donated $500 to the campus for books in recognition of their efforts in education and literature.  

Thank you Gil Padarin-Innes for organising the evening. We were thrilled to be able to share our love of literature with members.

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