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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 and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.

 

Reflections

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