The School

Bomaderry High is a modern country comprehensive high school on the south coast of NSW near Nowra serving the educational needs of students living in the Bomaderry, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Cambewarra and Kangaroo Valley areas.

The Project

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With support from the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, The Red Room Company teamed up with Bundanon for a special New Shoots collaboration called the Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project (EEPP). The EEPP deepens emotional connections with the environment by supporting poets, students and local community to take a closer look at eucalypts through a poetic lens.

On 2 June 2016, students from Bombaderry High School bused thier way to Bundanon to work with poet in residence, Eileen Chong and to learn more about the eucalypt communities unique to the area. Through a series of poetic activities, students enriched their creative and cultural connections with eucalypts, collecting specimens and crafting eucalypt-inspired poems. 

Other poets involved with New Shoots include Lorna Munro, Eric Avery, and Mark Tredinnick.

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The Poet

Eileen Chong

Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. Burning Rice (Australian Poetry, 2012) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, Australian Arts in Asia Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her other books are Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) and Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016).