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The School

Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood is a Catholic secondary school for boys in years 7 through 12, located in Maroubra, New South Wales in Australia. It was founded in 1961 by the Marist Brothers, a Catholic order of teaching brothers founded in France in the early nineteenth century by Saint Marcellin Champagnat.
The College, after being known as Marist Brothers Pagewood and later Marist College Pagewood for over 50 years, changed to Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood in 2014 as part of a range of organisational and educational changes initiated by the College.

The Project

On December 14th, poet and educator Elliot York Cameron will guide students from Champagnat Catholic College Pagewood through a series of unique poetry writing activities that will support them to tell stories through poetry. Students will have the opportunity to develop language and build confidence in expressing themselves and their stories using their own words. Activities will demonstrate how to develop a narrative and take a reader on an emotional journey. Elliot believes we all have stories to tell, and that poetry can be the language we use to tell them. 

The Poet

Elliot York Cameron

Elliot York Cameron is a poet and educator from Western Sydney, a NSW Poetry Slam finalist and a two-time Bankstown Grand Slam finalist. He is currently the Program & Education Officer for Word Travels and a co-organiser of Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong. In 2018, Elliot founded Narellan Poetry Slam, which he hosts monthly at Harry Hartog Booksellers. He has featured his work at Sydney Writers' Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Wollongong Writers Festival, Viva La Gong, Granville Poetry Slam, Poetica, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!, Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Unspoken Words Storytelling Festival and National Young Writers' Festival. His poem 'Wildfire and Sequoia' was included in Enough Said Poetry Slam's 2017 Anthology, and six poems were featured as ‘The New Ideation Suite’ in Baby Teeth Journal's August 2018 publication.