Hornsby Girls' High School, NSW
The Poetry Object, 2015
Hornsby Girls' High School is an academically selective school, located adjacent to the central business district of Hornsby. Since its foundation in 1930, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a school with a strong academic focus within a caring and supportive environment. It places emphasis on the value and potential of each and every individual and to this end, provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities and welfare programs to support the students' academic goals. The main building of the school is heritage - listed, symbolising the pride and tradition in the school. The school's history, traditions and value for academic excellence and the development of the whole person, are actively supported by the parent body and the Old Girls' Union. The development of leadership and a sense of community pride and responsibility within the students are highly valued across the school.
Over four workshops in April and May, renowned poet Eileen Chong returned to Hornsby Girls' High School to lead Year 7 students in writing exercises inspired by the Poetry Object learning resource. As an introduction to her poetry, Eileen performed for the students before presenting workshops at the school.
Poems from this workshop will soon be in the Poetry Object library, where readers can explore the imaginations of students from across Australia and New Zealand.
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).