Luther College, VIC
The Cabinet of Lost and Found, 2012
Luther College is a co-educational independent secondary school of the Lutheran Church of Australia located in the outer-eastern suburb of Croydon in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It maintains a close relationship with the Outer Eastern Lutheran Church parish of the Lutheran Church of Australia, which congregates in the school's chapel facilities. It provides education for years 7-12. Some year 10 and all year 11 and 12 students undertake the VCE program.
Opened in 1964, Luther College is a school of the Lutheran Church of Australia.
Beginning as a boarding school with students from remote regional areas of Victoria making up a large percentage of its enrolment, the school grew to become popular with International students. However after a decline in International enrolments and worries about the growth of the student body in relation to the school's facilities, the boarding program ended at the end of 2002, with the boarding house facilities being demolished or adapted into classrooms. The school now admits small numbers of students from remote areas who take part in a home-stay program, residing with the families of local students.
Melbourne poet Bonny Cassidy led students of Luther College 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.
Students also create a group collection, either in the form of a physical cabinet installation, or a published 'collection' of poems.
Bonny also composed a poem for the school, ‘Treasure’, which is available on the Red Room website (or view in playlist above).
Bonny Cassidy is the author of three poetry collections, and lectures in Creative Writing at RMIT University, Melbourne. She is feature reviews editor of Cordite Poetry Review and co-editor of the Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (Hunter Publishers, 2016). Bonny's essays of criticism and poetics have been published widely in Australia and internationally.