Young writer wins Warrnambool Eisteddfod poetry section

St Patrick’s Primary School pupil Ted Kelly has won an award at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod.

The 12-year-old, from Port Fairy, won the poem written by a competitor section on Monday, with his work titled The Dog For Me

Classmate Lily Godde received an honorable mention for her piece Loss

Awards: Port Fairy's St Patrick's Primary School students Lily Godde, 11 and Ted Kelly, 12, received prizes at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod on Monday.

Awards: Port Fairy's St Patrick's Primary School students Lily Godde, 11 and Ted Kelly, 12, received prizes at the Warrnambool Eisteddfod on Monday.

Principal Sue Paulka said the school was off to an excellent start and 36 students would compete at the event during the next fortnight.

“We enter every year – it gives children an opportunity to practise their public speaking skills and work on their reading and expression,” Ms Paulka said.

She said children in years three to six chose to participate and it helped to develop their confidence and self esteem.