The School

Nowra is part of the Shoalhaven District on the South Coast of New South Wales. Nowra High School draws students from as far north as Gerringong and from as far south as Ulladulla. The purpose of the school is to ensure that students: exhibit high self esteem as learners and individuals; be self directed as learners and responsible members of the community; achieve academically through the development of thinking, appraisal and understanding skills; generalise learning and knowledge to a wide variety of contexts; demonstrate concern for the environment, self and others; establish and maintain positive interpersonal relationships; lead a healthy lifestyle; and demonstrate teamwork skills and attitudes.

The Project

Explore student poems here.

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 1 June 2016, students from Nowra High School bused thier way to Bundanon to work with poet in residence, Eileen Chong. During the EEPP workshop, students learnt more about the eucalypt communities unique to the area, collecting specimens and enriching creative and cultural connections with eucalypts thorugh a series of poetic activities.

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

View the media release here »

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).