History Festival Schools Poetry Takeover 2020

Let’s change the way students and teachers use the Centre of Democracy and participate in South Australia’s History Festival in May 2020!

Students years 4-11

Throughout May, all students throughout South Australia are invited to participate in a poetry-developing activity.

We encourage you to engage with the History Trust Digital Collection (a link will follow soon).

What does local history mean to you? Why are objects important and why should we care? Why would this object be in the State History Collection? What’s the story?

Targeting HASS and English students from Years 4-11, students will be invited to pick a digital collection object and write a poem relating to the theme ‘changing identities’. It could be a haiku, a stanza, a verse, or a slam, written or recorded. Whatever form is most interesting.

Submissions can be written, or audio or video files, along with a picture of the object.

At the end of May, the History Trust will share the poems through the Poetry Takeover Facebook page and the History Festival Instagram page.


General information:

This activity is open to students in South Australia from years 4-11.

Age groups will be split into three categories:

  1. Years 4-6
  2. Years 7-8
  3. Years 9-11

Poems will be inspired by a digital collection object. Students can engage with objects by exploring collections online.

The theme of the poem is ‘changing identities’ (this sits with ACARA English years 4-11).

Up to a maximum 300 words per poem.

Only one entry per student.

Each poem to be accompanied by an image of the object.

Entries to be submitted by Friday 29 May.








1 May 2020 - 29 May 2020





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