Knox Grammar School, NSW
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2012
Knox Grammar School was opened by the Presbyterian Church on Sydney’s North Shore in 1924 in the tradition of John Knox, the 16th century Scottish reformer, who planned a network of schools in every church parish. Since then Knox has grown to become one of Australia’s leading Uniting Church boys’ schools.
Knox Grammar accepts dayboys and boarders from a wide range of backgrounds from around Australia and overseas, offering each diverse opportunities to find and develop their talents.
Knox aims for every boy to achieve their maximum academic potential whether through our da Vinci program for gifted students, or in the mainstream classes. Students are also encouraged to excel on the sports field, in cultural and other co-curricular activities and to be challenged by spiritual and social justice programs. It is through all these that Knox boys achieve development of personal character.
Poet Felicity Plunkett led students of Knox Grammar School on a journey to uncover their own poetry object through The Red Room Company project, The Cabinet of Lost and Found. As part of the workshop experience, Felicity also composed a poem for the school, ‘Re-assembly Required’, which is published on the Red Room website (and in playlist above).
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.
Students also create a group collection, either in the form of a physical cabinet installation, or a published 'collection' of poems.
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'.