On Monday 15th August, year 8 students, Lucy O’Connor, Abbey Wason and Michael Buchan represented Galen at the heats of the OutLoud Poetry Slam competition at the State Library of Victoria. The students had made it through class heats to win the Galen Poetry Slam Championships only 10 days before the competition. The students’ slam on ‘racism’ was delivered with passion, energy, without any prompts and was word perfect. Author, Emilie Zoe Baker, organizer of OutLoud said this of the students’ performance. “Thankyou so, so much for bringing your amazing kids. Please tell them I thought they were just incredible and the audience feedback from their performance was crazy-good! I thought they were OUTSTANDING.” While the students were not successful in going through to the next round, it was an enjoyable and stimulating experience for all involved.