All student poems

The School

Shoalhaven High School is a comprehensive high school providing a quality education in a caring and supportive environment. The school's motto "Aiming Higher" epitomises the opportunities given to all students to reach their full potential.

Bomaderry High is a modern country comprehensive high school on the south coast of NSW near Nowra, serving the educational needs of students living in the Bomaderry, Berry, Shoalhaven Heads, Cambewarra and Kangaroo Valley areas. 

Vincentia High School is a comprehensive community high school in Jervis Bay, serving a number of communities in the Bay and Basin, Tomerong and Sussex Inlet areas.

The Project

As part of a special collaboration with Bundanon Trust, acclaimed poet Lorna Munro underwent a two-week residency, working with nearly 70 students in Years 7-10 from Shoalhaven, Bomaderry, Nowra and St. John's Catholic High Schools. Students explored different sites at Bundanon, composing and publishing poems inspired by themes of The DisappearingYou can read their poems here.

You can also discover their poems on The Disappearing app, available for download on Apple and Android devices. This is Red Room Education's third consecutive year working with Bundanon Trust.

The Poet

Lorna Munro

Lorna Munro is a proud, young Wiradjuri/ Gamilaroi woman. This dynamic and upcoming writer and poet calls the Redfern/Waterloo area home. She has been strongly influenced and nurtured by her activist parents, and mentored by many other members of the Black Power Movement, who she affectionately refers to as her Aunties and Uncles. She has been an active member of her community since the age of thirteen and has travelled to New Zealand and South America for cultural exchange and youth leadership programs before she was nineteen. Recently she has performed in plays at the Eora College in Redfern, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and has quickly crossed over to screen featuring in ‘Australia on trial’, a docu-drama for the ABC. Lorna is an emerging artist and has displayed work in Boomali’s 2010 exhibition: “Celebrating 25 years of strength”. She is an experienced tour guide working in the Rocks area over the past two years, and is currently developing programs and tours interpreting the history of her local area. In 2012 Lorna graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education and Community Management. In addition to her current work with the Red Room company, Lorna has had work published in the Southerly Literary Journal and is currently writing her own script that is yet entitled.

Lorna's poems, 'Dripping with Decadence (Big House, big white lies)', 'Spirit Remains', 'YILAALU –BU-GADI (once upon a time in the bay of Gadi)', and 'Rage' are featured on The Disappearing.