All student poems

The School

Illawarra Sports High School is a designated specialist sports high school with a broadly based comprehensive curriculum from Years 7 - 12. The school is one of seven sports high schools in New South Wales and draws the majority of its students from the Southern Wollongong area, but an increasing number of students from the larger Illawarra area access its specialists sports programs.

The Project

Australian spoken word poet Zohab Zee Khan worked with students from Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 at Illawarra Sports High School on the 24th of March, 2014. As well as hearing Zohab perform his poetry, students created a series of guerilla poems inspired by the Toilet Doors learning resource. Students wrote poems on rain-slicked windows and worked with Zohab to record their poems as part of a QR code poem poster activity. Listen to Illawarra Sports High students reading their poems and read their poems here!

The Poet

Zohab Zee Khan

Zohab Khan is the current Australian Poetry Slam Champion, didgeridoo player, harmonica beat-boxer and hip-hop artist. Zohab has toured Asia, the Middle East and Europe to sell-out crowds. In 2014, Zohab was a finalist in the International Poetry Slam in Madrid and was chosen to participate in an artistic residency in Dubai. 

Zohab offers a unique program combining spoken-word poetry and self-development. With the incorporation of self-development techniques, spoken-word poetry becomes not just a platform for self-expression but also one to inspire change and increase productivity. Zohab has conducted his workshops throughout businesses and schools around the world. 

As an 4th generation Australian of Pakistani heritage and having grown up in rural NSW, Zohab has channelled his distinct life experiences into stories with the intent to educate. Zohab confronts a range of social justice issues from racism to gender inequality and socio-economic disparities. Zohab’s high energy and powerful words have left countless inspired.

I Write (2015) is his first collection of poetry.

Click here to read an article in The Mercury about Zohab's experience at Dapto High School in 2014, including a short video of the workshop.