A.B. Paterson College has a proud history of developing a love of poetry and performance in the spirit of our College namesake, Banjo Paterson. This is celebrated in many ways, including reciting Banjo’s poetry at Banjo’s Birthday events; the Year 6 students visiting the billabong at Combo, near Winton where Banjo wrote Waltzing Matilda, and where they re-enact the poem; and the Poetry Evening each year.
This event gives students the opportunity to gain a deeper appreciation of poetry and the opportunity to perform in front of an audience. Students from Prep – Year 6 explore a range of poets and can then go on to perform in any of three categories, including Traditional Australian Verse, Humorous Verse and their Own Compositions.