Alexandria Park Community School
Red Room Education , 2018
Alexandria Park Community School is a vibrant and unique Kindergarten to Year 12 school located in heart of Sydney opposite Alexandria Park. It is a dual campus site, with the Senior School on Mitchell Road and the Junior School on Park Road. The Junior campus has expansive green spaces and playing areas which students from K – 12 are able to enjoy during lunchtimes, at sport and for lessons.
With generous support from MIRVAC and Landcom, in June, poet and performer Gabrielle Jones delivered performances and ran workshops over two days with Alexandria Park students from years 3 to 6 encouraging students to investigate the power of language and poetry in self-expression while supporting them to explore the themes of unity, community and belonging in the local area. Gabrielle ‘Journey’ Jones led students in creative writing exercises and introduce them to ‘flowetry’ through her drumming and rhythm activities.
Supported by Mirvac and Landcom.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and lives in the Illawarra, NSW with her family.
Gabrielle has shared her poetry on open mics and by invitation at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry "Spoken Medicine" was published in October 2017 by Ginninderra Press.
Gabrielle spends most of her time being wholeheartedly inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism, inclusion and compassion.
Gabrielle encourages everyone she meets to speak their own medicine – to share the stories of their life journey in whatever forms feel safe, healing, authentic and most useful to them.
Gabrielle facilitates spoken word poetry workshops, teaches drumming and leads drum circles. She is currently involved in a range of collaborative projects and events including with Unspoken Words; Red Room Poetry; Kind Art Ed; South Coast Writers Centre; and the Tasmanian Poetry Festival.