Marrickville High School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2017
Marrickville High School reflects the vibrant, multi-faceted nature of the Marrickville community. The school community is multicultural in nature but dedicated to one aim- maximising student achievement through the delivery of quality comprehensive education for all.
The school staff is dedicated to improving the outcomes of the students in their charge through ongoing individual professional learning plans. Their priorities align with school and faculty plans that reflect the goals of the school as determined by a dynamic process of consultation between staff, students and parents.
This three way partnership is built on the foundation of strong community connections and co-operation with our feeder schools that ensures students make a seamless transition to high school. When students leave school, our best practice careers program, our partnerships with The University of Sydney through the Compass program and UNSW through the Aspire program, and our links with the major Sydney TAFE colleges developed through integrated TAFE programs ensures they have the best possible start to tertiary education and their career pathway.
Rising poet and performer Ayeesha Ash guided students in Years 9-10 on a unique journey of poetic translation.
As they tapped into the Red Room Poetry Object learning resource, students used poetry as a tool to explore the universe of hidden histories within their treasured belongings. A range of poetic devices were introduced while budding poets embarked upon a journey of poetic and linguistic translation.
Ayeesha was born in St. George’s, Grenada to parents of Caribbean and Maori heritage. Raised in Queensland, Ayeesha trained extensively in singing and dance before being accepted into the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, where she majored in acting. In 2011 Ayeesha moved from Queensland to Perth to continue her acting studies at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Since graduating Ayeesha has appeared in plays in Queensland and Sydney including The Players (Bell Shakespeare), The Seagull (Now Look Here Theatre Co.), Rent (Hayes Theatre Co.) and Drift (Two Peas). In late 2015 Ayeesha and Emele Ugavule created Black Birds.
Black Birds is an all female co-operative led by core members, Ayeesha & Emele Ugavule. With each project, creatives are invited to collaborate on works that dissect the Black and Brown diasporic experience in Australia through art and performance in a variety of mediums and spaces - theatrical and non-theatrical. Their work includes short films Counter Face (aMBUSH & Footscray Community Arts Centre), visual art works Soul Food & Anti Throne (aMBUSH), live performance as part of Yirramboi Festival (SHORE: Stories) Pan Afrikans Poets Café (Black Girl Magic) & Bondi Feast (Pehe). They have also created, performed & co-produced self titled theatrical performances for The Joan, Festival Fatale & Community Reading Room. Black Birds is currently developing a new work as part of a residency with PYT, The Joan & PACT. Ayeesha loves to learn and is currently studying a Bachelor of Communications (Social & Political Studies) at UTS.