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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, or ‘Yilinhi’, is a Wiradjuri and Gamilaroi woman, multidisciplinary artist and regular radio and podcast host at Sydney’s Radio Skid Row. A long-time active member of her Redfern/Waterloo community, her work is informed by her passion and well-studied insight in areas such as culture, history, politics and popular culture. Lorna has travelled the world showcasing her skills and distinctive style of poetry and political commentary. She was also the sole designer and creator of Sydney’s—and possibly Australia’s—first initiative to teach Aboriginal language through poetry, in partnership with Red Room Poetry in 2015. Throughout her career she has been on stage, in films and on paper. She compiled and edited Paper Dreaming: Our Stories Our Way for Cambridge University Press (2015). Lorna continues to work tirelessly mastering many art forms, raising funds, and supporting and advocating for her community and her people on the local, national and international stage. In 2019, Lorna was announced as a recipient of the Wheeler Centre’s Next Chapter fellowship.