Annandale North Public School, NSW
The Disappearing, 2017
Annandale North Public School is situated in Annandale, an inner-city suburb of Sydney. The area is rich in history and known for its beautiful homes, historic buildings and churches and wide tree-lined streets. The older building dates back to 1907 and is a landmark in the district, able to be seen from a wide area Of particular note are the heritage listed copper cupolas. The newer building was constructed in 1972. The school occupies a small site bounded by three streets and fronts Johnston Street, the main street of Annandale. There is no direct bus route and the majority of students walk or are driven to school. Annandale North is a learning community where the involvement and participation of the whole community is valued. The community values and recognises the importance of the acquisition of knowledge and the development of kindness and courtesy as integral to the development of the whole child. Through the diverse program and challenging learning experiences, students are encouraged to develop independent learning skills and to accept responsibility and direction for their own learning. Students are encouraged to be involved in decision making in their classes and across the whole school through an active Student Council. In these ways a balanced, stimulating and safe environment promotes an optimal learning climate for the needs of all students.
The Disappearing came to Annandale North Public School!
Spoken word poet Gabe "Journey" Jones ran 4 sessions with a total of 120 students and 4 teachers, focusing on the poetics and stories of disappearing spaces and places.
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.