Hornsby Girls' High School, NSW
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2012
Hornsby Girls' High School is an academically selective school, located adjacent to the central business district of Hornsby. Since its foundation in 1930, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a school with a strong academic focus within a caring and supportive environment. It places emphasis on the value and potential of each and every individual and to this end, provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities and welfare programs to support the students' academic goals. The main building of the school is heritage - listed, symbolising the pride and tradition in the school. The school's history, traditions and value for academic excellence and the development of the whole person, are actively supported by the parent body and the Old Girls' Union. The development of leadership and a sense of community pride and responsibility within the students are highly valued across the school.
Poet Felicity Plunkett led students of Hornsby Girls' High School on a journey to uncover their own poetry object through The Red Room Company project, The Cabinet of Lost and Found.
In this learning resource students are asked to select a 'talismanic object' which has special meaning to them to use as stimulus for a poem. They are also asked to create a personal cabinet of lost and found, in the form of an anthology of poems. Students are asked to not only compose their own poems, but also collect poems from other writers that are special to them. They also create a group collection, either in the form of a physical cabinet installation, or a published 'collection' of poems.
As part of the workshop experience, Felicity composed a poem for the school, ‘Disappearing Act’, which is published on the Red Room website (or view in playlist above).
Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. She has a PhD in literature from the University of Sydney and an Excellence in Teaching Award from UNE. Her first book Vanishing Point won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and was short-listed for several other awards. She has a chapbook Seastrands in Vagabond Press’ Rare Objects series and is the editor of Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). Since 2010 she has been poetry editor with University of Queensland Press. She is a widely-published reviewer and former Chief Examiner of HSC English Extension 1 and 2.
Felicity was part of The Red Room's Poetry Picture Show project in 2006, and has since worked with several schools through Red Room's Poetry Education program. In 2011 she delivered The Red Room minislec 'The Icing and the Cake'.