Students named finalists for 2022 Nagle Prize

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The College wishes to congratulate Abigail Gravell (Year 8) and Maya Bowles (Year 6), who have been selected as finalists for the 2022 Nagle Prize.

Held annually, the Nagle Prize is a national competition that is open to students from Nagle Education Alliance of Australia member schools.

Participants in this year’s competition were challenged to write a poem that explores the life of Nano Nagle.

Abigail and Maya’s pieces, which were submitted into the Senior and Junior School categories respectively, are published below.

Congratulations to you both on such wonderful work and good luck for the finals!


Junior School Entry
chosen as the SMC Junior entry to the Nagle Prize 2022

The visions of Nano Nagle are shining out of us.

In our hearts and in our words.

Founded in her name, the Presentation Sisters carried on her legacy.

And after over 150 years, she is with us.

Guiding us through the dark, to the light on the other side.

No matter where you are, Nano will always be there with a lantern to guide you.

Through the good and bad times you may face.

Remember that there is good in every lost soul.

Never give up hope, that soon enough, happiness will always meet you.

Always go one pace beyond.

By Maya Bowles, 6 Wattle



Senior School Entry
chosen as the SMC Senior entry to the Nagle Prize 2022

Nano Nagle

This woman

Doing God’s work

In her eyes, it’s right

But the people around her see it as wrong

No applause from anyone

Except the children

Risking her life for the ones she cares about

At night, guiding these children with a lantern

For their education

Boy or girl both were equal

She will now and forever, guide the light

By Abigail Gravell, Year 8



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