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The School

Bargo Public School is situated in a small town on the southern fringe of the Wollondilly Shire, 30 kilometres from Mittagong and 35 kilometres from Campbelltown.
The school was established in 1869, with development on the current site beginning in 1918. The school has a demountable library. Four new classrooms were built in 1999 so that the school now has six 'kit' classrooms and seven other permanent rooms.
Statement of School Purpose: " Teachers, parents and community . . . caring for children , educating for life." Bargo Public School nurtures the growth of the whole child, wanting children to reach their full potential for life in a rapidly changing society.
In partnership with parents, the school endeavours to create a safe, secure, caring and attractive learning environment and provide stimulating, enriching and relevant learning experiences. 

The Project

In November 2018, on Dharwal country at Bargo Public School, poet Kirli Saunders collaborated with Aunty Jodi Edwards and mentee poet Ethan Bell to teach Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) workshops focusing on poetry creation and publication in Dharawal with First Nations students. 

Read the student poems here!

The Poet

Kirli Saunders

Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman, with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. She currently resides on Dharawal Country. Kirli is an international children’s author, poet and emerging playwright. She manages Poetry in First Languages and Poetic Learning at Red Room Poetry. Her picture books include CBCA nominated and internationally published, The Incredible Freedom Machines (Scholastic) and forthcoming, Our Dreaming and Happy Every After (Scholastic) and Afloat (Hardie Grant). Her poetry Collection, Kindred was Highly Commended in Black&Write 2018. She was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize 2018. Her poetry has been published by a number of journals (Cordite, Overland, Planthunter) and commissioned for public art. She is co-writing her first play, Dead Horse Gap. 

In 2019, you can find Kirli at NT Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Sydney Writers Festival, Enough Said and Word in Hand. She returns as writer in residence at The Literature Centre, Fremantle this year where she will perform The Incredible Freedom Machines with Matt Ottley and the Western Australian Symphony Orchestra in rural WA, at Coco’s Island and Christmas Island.



Taking a dream from conception to delivery – Poetry in First Languages – Kirli Saunders