All student poems

The School

Riverside High School first opened its doors to Grade Seven students in 1962. It was one of a number of co-educational, comprehensive high schools that were established in Tasmania in the same era and now caters for approximately 860 students from Grade 7 - 10

The Project

On Wednesday 10th April, more than 90 creative writing students at Riverside High School took part in poetry workshops with local Launceston performance poet, Bert 'Storyteller' Spinks.

Students from Years 7-10 worked on a range of writing activities from The Disappearing learning resource. Following Bert's reading of his Disappearing poem 'The Wolves', students composed groups poems in response to images of the Tasmanian Tiger as well as writing  their own themed poem to be published on The Disappearing app. Find the student poems under Riverside High School on The Disappearing app or listen to the ABC radio interview with Riverside students and Bert 'Storyteller' Spinks. 

Read the EduTATE article about the Riverside High School workshop here.

The Poet

Bert Spinks

Bert Spinks is a storyteller, author and poet from Tasmania. Ever-fascinated, his work varies across an expanse of themes, and his curiosity has led him to perform and write in India, Latvia, Poland, the U.S.A. and Mexico, as well as around Australia. Currently, he runs a weekly 'Storytelling Shemozzle' event in his hometown, as well as putting together hand-made poetry books and collections of short stories. In 2014, he was the first recipient of the Woods Conservation Fellowship in Santa Cruz County, California, and spent a month on a flower farm learning about the ecological history of the region.

His poem 'The Wolves' is featured in our free app, The Disappearing.