Silver award for songwriter

International Grammar School student Maxine Baker, 16, has won second place in a national songwriting competition and secured a recording contract in Nashville, Tennessee.

Maxine placed second in the 9-10 category of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation’s National Song writing Competition, with her original song Cardboard Box.

Don Spencer, Founder and CEO of the ACMF, launched the National Songwriting Competition 15 years ago to inspire creativity, imagination and self-expression in children.

Maxine, who started at IGS in preschool and has sung in IGS choirs, started playing music and writing songs three years ago after hearing some country music songs.

She secured the recording contract independently of the competition win, and performs locally.

“I always loved listening to music and singing along,” she said, adding that recent events are “a dream come true”.

To hear Maxine’s winning entry, go to