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Barrenjoey is a school that recognises and celebrates excellence on a regular basis. Success is experienced in many pursuits and we are proud of the variety of opportunities provided for all students. Programs are developed that genuinely strengthen the partnerships between students, parents, staff and the Barrenjoey learning Community.

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The Project

Poet and activist Eunice Andrada led a full day workshop with students that explored the theme of protest. In developing the student’s ability to create responsive poetry, she then extensively mapped poetic techniques, linking them to her personal and political experiences and poetry. Across various engaging activities, students worked both individually and in groups to compose and edit their own protest poems, which were then shared with the class. 

The Poet

Eunice Andrada

Eunice Andrada is a Filipina immigrant poet, lyricist and teaching artist based in Sydney, Australia. Featured in The Guardian, CNN International, ABC News and other media, she has performed her poetry in diverse international stages, from the Sydney Opera House and the deserts of Alice Springs to the United Nations Climate Negotiations in Paris. During a residency in Canada's prestigious Banff Centre, she collaborated with award-winning jazz musician and vocalist Malika Tirolien. She has also shared her verses with celebrated composer Andrée Greenwell for the project Listen to Me, a collection of musical works in response to domestic violence. Eunice co-produced and curated Harana, a series of poetry tours led by Filipina-Australians in response to the Passion and Procession exhibition in the Art Gallery of NSW.

Her work has been translated into Tagalog, Hiligaynon, French, Japanese, Italian and Czech, while her poems have appeared in Australian Poetry Journal, Peril Magazine, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Voiceworks, and Deep Water Literary Review,  amongst other publications. She was awarded the John Marsden & Hachette Australia Poetry Prize in 2014. In 2016, she was honoured by Australian Poetry as the first of their 30 Under 30 Poets. In 2018, the Amundsen-Scott Station in the South Pole of Antarctica will feature her poetry in a special exhibition on climate change. Eunice was recently awarded the Nature Art and Habitat Residency and Australian Poetry Fellowship in Val Taleggio, Italy. Flood Damages (Giramondo Books 2018) is her first collection of poetry.