Dante Alighieri Italian Poetry Competition 2021

On Tuesday 17 August, 21 of our Italian Language students took part in the annual Dante Alighieri Poetry competition. Last year the students were not able to partake in the competition due to COVID-19 restrictions. Every year we take the students into Melbourne University for this event however, this year the Organisers decided to try a different approach to make it happen and the answer was Zoom.

The Melbourne Branch of the Dante Alighieri Society was established in 1896. Part of a global organisation committed to promoting Italian language and culture internationally, Dante Melbourne links Victoria to the heart of Rome. Students are required to memorise one poem from the list prescribed by Dante Melbourne and recite their poem in front of one judge – no cue cards or prompts are permitted. Our judge, Rafaela Dinelli, was very welcoming and the students introduced and recited their poems to her confidently. I commend the following students for competing in this traditional event. Thank you to their teachers, Mr Sean O’Donaghue, Ms Anna Rotar and Ms Sue Scarmozzino for preparing the students.


Year 10
Landen Couper
Zachary Westwood
Year 11
Jordan Goss
Luke Kay
Tom Nott
Evan O’Connor
Tom Prokopsis
Luca Scalise
Sebastian Spadafora
Juliano Sticca
Dominic Varrasso
Xavier Zugna
Year 12
Noah Dennis
Yianni Komninos
Edward Levi
Alexander Pisotek
Samir Prasad
Miguel Trujillo
Alexander Dodds
Marcus Florio
Domenico Lepore


Paula Barca

Learning Leader – Languages