The 2022 edition of Ringing Voices, an anthology of student work, is now available. Ranging from poetry to short stories, and accompanied by student artwork, the pieces within the collection showcase students' reflective and creative process.
‘Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will.’ – George Bernard Shaw
The human mind is extraordinary in how it can imagine, create and innovate. The process of generating, selecting and ordering random ideas into coherent pieces of prose or poetry is an extraordinary feat. Using language to convey emotions and engender reader engagement is laudable. The pieces of writing selected for this year’s publication of Ringing Voices reveal the unique thinking and imagination of the minds of students from Years 5 to 12.
Writing in response to a prompt, a text or a visual stimulus is the cornerstone of our English curriculum at Fintona. Working in tandem with reading engagement, we seek to foster a learning environment that develops the written communication skills of our students and allows them the freedom to explore different ideas, forms, and genres in their writing. Some of the pieces in this publication were inspired by other works of writing or in some cases audio-visual texts. Other pieces were created through group discussions and a focus on a particular genre or form of writing.
As you turn the pages of this anthology, you will be taken on an emotional journey, immersed in the world the writer has created through carefully selected words and phrases. Images will be evoked in your mind as the words awaken the senses of smell, sight, touch, sound, and taste.
Behind the cover
The front cover of this anthology was designed by this year’s Art Captain, Kristen (Year 12). Her design was created in partnership with Alianna (Year 12). The typewriter, a classic symbol of writing, stands centrally in the image and the free-flowing paper emerging from the typewriter is representative of the thinking process. Kristen has purposely chosen to add texture to the typewriter and selected heightened colours to convey how writing and reading are immersive experiences.