Kangaroo Valley Public School, NSW
New Shoots, 2018
Kangaroo Valley School has a long and proud history. It has an important part to play in the lives of the 100 families whose children attend school. Many changes have occurred, especially in recent years to both the physical nature of the school and its clientele. Our stated purpose is to prepare our children for high school, and entry into society, by providing them with the best possible education.
Created by Red Room Poetry, New Shoots is a project that celebrates, cultivates and collects poems inspired by plants. By connecting with plants we aim to deepen our personal and cultural connections with nature.
Red Room Poetry returned to Kangaroo Valley Public School to invite students to emotionally and creatively connect with eucalyptus through a poetic lens. Gabrielle "Journey" Jones guided them uncovering the hidden stories and secrets of the iconic green giants we often take for granted; the workshop enriches understanding of poetry and the environment.
The 1.5 hour workshops focused on poetic creation, publication and performance.
‘The workshop was good and it was much different from last year. I didn’t know you could rap a poem but the rap was amazing. It was good and I really enjoyed it’.
~ Student feedback, Kangaroo Valley Public School
The student poems can be read here and were performed at the Kangaroo Valley Show on 17 February 2018.
Red Room Poetry’s Poetic Learning Program at Kangaroo Valley Public School has been generously supported by Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Joanna Featherstone, Geoff Ainsworth AM, Graeme Wood Foundation and Andrew FitzSimons. Photos: Andrew Smee.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and now lives on the Far South Coast NSW Yuin Country. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry Spoken Medicine (2017) was published by Ginninderra Press.
Gabrielle is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion. She encourages everyone to speak their own medicine by sharing their stories in whatever ways feel healing, authentic and most useful. In 2018, Gabrielle established Poetic Percussion, a small business delivering poetry and drumming workshops and performances in schools and the community.
Gabrielle has worked collaboratively with the following creative groups and organisations over recent years: ACON, Aussie Writers Flash Fiction Fun Festival, Bega Valley Public School, Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers, Bonnie's Support Services, Bucket Lounge, Burning Seed, Caravan Slam, Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast, Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, Cygnet Folk Festival, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Ginninderra Press, Girls Rock! Canberra, Illawarra Folk Festival, Issa Vibe, Kangaroo Valley Show, Kind Art Ed, Liverpool Women’s Services, Liverpool Sexual Assault Service, Lou’s Place, Merrigong, Old Bega Hospital, Reclaim The Night, Red Room Poetry, Refugee Action Collective Illawarra, Shakespeare By Night, She’ll Be Right, SheQu, South Coast Writers Centre, Spark Youth Theatre, Spoken Vibes, StayFly Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, That Poetry Thing, Thirroul Community Library, Thirroul Public School, Tripple Treat, University of New South Wales, Unspoken Words Storytelling, Womoon Tide Feminist Writers, Women’s Resource Centre Bega, Word in Hand, Word Travels / Storyfest, Words Flow, Writers of the Far South Coast, Yoke Magazine.
To find out more, visit her website: www.poeticpercussion.com.au