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ROCHESTER STUDENTS RECEIVE ROBERT BURNS AWARD

Friday, 20 March 2015

Jacinta Allan, Member for Bendigo East today presented the gold medal award from the Robert Burns World Federation to Rochester Secondary College student Aryelle Winchcomb for her entry into the 2014 International Schools Robert Burns World Federation Essay Competition.

The presentation was made at the Robert Burns Statue at the Bendigo Art Gallery.

Five other students from Rochester Secondary College also received awards of commendation for their entries into the international schools essay competition.

The essay topic was from the Burns poem ‘A Man's A Man For A' That' and the students based their essay on the verse "Then let us pray that come it may (As come it will for a' that), That Sense and Worth o'er a' the earth, Shall bear the gree, an' a' that." The competition is open to students up to the age of 16.

Ms Allan said that Aryelle's essay was of a very high standard and highlighted that Burns' poetry is still relevant in the present day for young students.

She said that it is wonderful to see Australian students entering and doing well in international competitions and encouraged students from other schools in the Bendigo area to enter next year's competition.

Jim Millar, President of the Bendigo Burns Society and organiser of the competition in Australia said it was pleasing to see the increase in the number of students entering the competition in Australia.

He said that eight students from Princes Hill Secondary College entered the 2014 competition and two of these students won the Silver and Bronze Medals for their essays.

The Year 11 students recognised and presented with awards today were Aryelle Winchcombe: Gold Medal and Georgina Schroen, 4th prize and highly commended. (Georgina entered the 2014 competition as a Year 10 student with Rochester Secondary College, but is studying Year 11 at Bendigo Senior Secondary College this year). Jacob Baker, Jaiyden Milson, Kirsty Evans and Tim Murray were also awarded with certificates of commendation for their excellent entries.

Jacinta Allan with Aryelle Winchcomb, Gold Medal winner

Jacinta Allan with Gold Medal winner Aryelle Winchcomb from Rochester Secondary College

 

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