Bargo Public School
Poetry in First Languages, 2018
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.
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.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai woman with ties to the Yuin, Gundungurra, Gadigal and Biripi people. Kirli is the Manager of Poetic Learning and Aboriginal Cultural Liaison at Red Room Poetry. She was awarded ‘Worker of the Year 2017’ at the NAIDOC awards in the Illawarra/ Shoalhaven region and has been nominated for a National NAIDOC award in 2018. Kirli founded the Poetry in First Languages project. Her first children’s picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines, illustrated by Matt Ottley was selected for Bologna Book Fair and is published internationally. Her second picture book Our Dreaming will be released by Scholastic in July 2019, Happy Ever After will follow in February 2020. Kirli’s First Poetry Collection, Kindred is to be released by Magabala in 2019, it was Highly Commended in the 2018 Black&Write! prize. Kirli’s poem ‘A Dance of Hands’ was Runner-up in the Nakata Brophy Prize. Kirli’s poetry has been published by Cordite and Overland and has embedded in infrastructure at Darling Harbour and the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne. In 2018, Kirli will be Writer in Residence at Bundanon Trust, Q Station and The Literature Centre, Fremantle for ‘The Sound of Picture Books’.