Kogarah Public School, NSW
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2011
Kogarah Public School is a multicultural community which provides a caring and stimulating learning environment. It offers educational opportunities through which the individuals are empowered to realise their full potential with tolerance and respect for others, within a changing society. Special emphasis is placed on literacy, numeracy and social skills which lead to development of the person as a whole. All other key learning areas are given equal focus. Children with special learning needs are given the opportunity and encouragement to achieve realistic goals. Teachers enjoy a cooperative and harmonious working relationship which benefits teaching and the children's learning throughout the school.
Poet Lindsay Tuggle led students of Kogarah Public 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 were asked to select a 'talismanic object' which has special meaning to them to use as stimulus for a poem. They also created Notice Poems, Black Out Poems from their own horoscopes and a group collection, either in the form of a physical cabinet installation, or a published 'collection' of poems.
Lindsay Tuggle is the author of The Afterlives of Specimens (The University of Iowa Press, 2017) and Calenture (Cordite Books, 2018). She has been a fellow at the Library of Congress, the Mütter Museum / College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the Australian Academy of the Humanities.
See more at www.lindsaytuggle.com