CIS Junior Italian Poetry Competition

Benvenuti al concorso!

The 2023 edition is now open!

Welcome to the CIS Junior Italian Poetry Competition. The competition is held twice a year in June and September, taking place over three weeks. It is open to Year 7 and Year 8 students.
Recitation is a highly valuable experience in language learning and this competition is an excellent way to enrich the study of Italian language and culture.

Students are expected to memorise their chosen poem and no props or actions are to be used. Judges will assess:

  • Knowledge of the poem (including title and author)
  • Pronunciation
  • Intonation
  • Appropriate expression
  • Gesture / eye contact

Judges will visit schools with a minimum of 25 participants. Schools from regional Victoria are required to cover travel expenses.

2023 dates

Monday 28th August – Friday 15th September


Prizes are awarded for the first, second, third and fourth in each section, and Special Mention Certificates are presented to students outstanding in their presentation.
Participation Certificates will be provided to all participating students.


The following scoring system will continue to be used for each poem to differentiate the level of difficulty and encourage students to challenge themselves:
3p=3 points (most difficult)
2p=2 points
1p=1 point


The participation fee for each student is $8.00. You can pay via bank transfer by emailing [email protected] to request an invoice. No money will be handled on the day of the competition.


Click the link below to download an enrolment form.
Once completed, email [email protected].






The Poems

Click to listen to a recitation of the poems


Year 7 non Italian

Filastrocca della scuola di Marzia Cabano (3 points)
Il gattino del bambino di Jolanda Restano (2 points)
La fata di Francesca Gozzi (1 point)

Year 7 Italian

La gentilezza di Ilario Belloni (3 points)
L'autunno di Roberto Piumini (2 points)
Le ochette nel pantano di Jolanda Restano (1 point)

Year 8 non Italian

Il Paese delle vacanze di Gianni Rodari (3 points)
Filastrocca settembrina di Gianni Rodari (2 points)
Evviva la pizza di Silvia Buda(1 point)

Year 8 Italian

L'albero magico di Gianni Rodari (3 points)
Filastrocca dei calzini spaiati di Giuseppe Bordi (2 points)
Presto a letto di Hilarius (1 point)


For more information contact:
CIS Italian Poetry Competition Committee (Elio, Jene', Carla, Serena and Stella) 
(03) 9347 9144 
[email protected]