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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 is an award-winning Australian poet who often writes about women’s experiences. She was shortlisted in the world’s largest poetry prize, the Montreal International, in 2020. Her poetry features in the noted anthology Thirty Australian Poets and in leading newspapers, literary journals and anthologies. Her book Blood Universe: poems on pregnancy was critically acclaimed and her new collection, Intimate, Low-voiced, Delicate Things, will be released in early 2021 by Puncher & Wattmann. Esther’s work is online at

Esther featured in the 2008 Red Room project, Nightwrighting.