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 now lives on the Far South Coast NSW Yuin Country. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry Spoken Medicine (2017) was published by Ginninderra Press.
Gabrielle is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion. She encourages everyone to speak their own medicine by sharing their stories in whatever ways feel healing, authentic and most useful. In 2018, Gabrielle established Poetic Percussion, a small business delivering poetry and drumming workshops and performances in schools and the community.
Gabrielle has worked collaboratively with the following creative groups and organisations over recent years: ACON, Aussie Writers Flash Fiction Fun Festival, Bega Valley Public School, Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers, Bonnie's Support Services, Bucket Lounge, Burning Seed, Caravan Slam, Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast, Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, Cygnet Folk Festival, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Ginninderra Press, Girls Rock! Canberra, Illawarra Folk Festival, Issa Vibe, Kangaroo Valley Show, Kind Art Ed, Liverpool Women’s Services, Liverpool Sexual Assault Service, Lou’s Place, Merrigong, Old Bega Hospital, Reclaim The Night, Red Room Poetry, Refugee Action Collective Illawarra, Shakespeare By Night, She’ll Be Right, SheQu, South Coast Writers Centre, Spark Youth Theatre, Spoken Vibes, StayFly Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, That Poetry Thing, Thirroul Community Library, Thirroul Public School, Tripple Treat, University of New South Wales, Unspoken Words Storytelling, Womoon Tide Feminist Writers, Women’s Resource Centre Bega, Word in Hand, Word Travels / Storyfest, Words Flow, Writers of the Far South Coast, Yoke Magazine.
To find out more, visit her website: www.poeticpercussion.com.au