Students get creative sharing COVID-19 experiences

The front and back covers of the ‘Shared Stories Anthology’ (YouTube/SharedStories2020launch)

Students from 26 Catholic schools across Victoria have shared stories through prose, poetry and art, with many focusing on the pandemic as part of the annual Shared Stories Anthology. Source: Catholic Education Melbourne.

Project manager Peter Farrar from Star of the Sea College, Brighton, said this year’s anthology is perhaps the most significant yet.

“Given the extraordinary challenges our community has faced through the pandemic, it is not surprising that most of this year’s pieces have focused on this theme,” Mr Farrar said.

“The anthology provides remarkable insights from students ranging from prep to year 12 on their responses to the pandemic, both from local, very personal, and global perspectives.”

Ruby Utber, year 6 at St James’ School, Brighton, describes her experience in a poem titled Glass cups:

“Stuck in a glass cup, waiting to be set free. I watch the hours pass, taking my primary school days with them. Fun times are crushed into millions of memories, slowly vanishing before my eyes.”

In a letter to her future children titled The light at the end of the tunnel, Emma Peluso, year 8 at Star of the Sea College, writes:

“If there is one thing that I want you to take away from these times – it’s that instead of seeing a challenge as a reason to stop trying, see it as a reason to start.”

The annual compilation of the anthology of creative works commenced in 2006 and forms part of the permanent collection of the State Library Victoria.


Students share creative stories of COVID-19 experience (Catholic Education Melbourne)

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