Duke of York's Royal Military School

House Poetry Competition

Published by St Columba's School, Kilmacolm on Wednesday 4th of January 2023

Last Wednesday lunchtime, crowds gathered in E1/E2 to witness the much anticipated return of the House Poetry Competition. 

This competition has long been a staple of the House calendar and gives pupils from Transitus to SVI the opportunity to stand up and perform their chosen work of poetry to the assembled audience. 

The 2022 competitors were:


  • Erica McE (Craigmarloch) "The Twa Corbies" Anon.  WINNER 

  • Elsie M (Kilallan) "Red Running Shoes" Jackie Kay RUNNER UP 

  • Carrick T (Strathgryffe) "To a Mouse" Robert Burns 

  • Mhairi McD (Duchal) "To a Mouse" Robert Burns 


  • Bertram N (Kilallan) "Ode for General Washington's Birthday" Robert Burns WINNER

  • Orla O'R (Duchal) "My Heart's in the Highlands" Robert Burns RUNNER UP 

  • Katelyn Mac (Craigmarloch) "To a Haggis" Robert Burns 

  • Esther W (Strathgryffe) "To a Mouse" Robert Burns 


  • Stella McC (Duchal) "My Hoggie" Robert Burns WINNER 

  • Archie H (Craigmarloch) "The Ferryman's Arms" Don Paterson RUNNER UP 

  • Sandy W (Strathgryffe) "Nil Nil" Don Paterson 

  • Iain Mac (Kilallan) "Valentine" Carol Ann Duffy 

Many thanks to Ms Brash for organising the event and to our esteemed judges - Mrs Berry, Mrs Smillie and Ms Marchidanu - who had the unenviable task of choosing the winners.

House Poetry Competition - Photo 1
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