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The School

Alexandria Park Community School is a vibrant and unique Kindergarten to Year 12 school located in heart of Sydney opposite Alexandria Park. It is a dual campus site, with the Senior School on Mitchell Road and the Junior School on Park Road. The Junior campus has expansive green spaces and playing areas which students from K – 12 are able to enjoy during lunchtimes, at sport and for lessons. 

The Project

Developed by Gunai poet Kirli Saunders and delivered by Red Room Poetry, Poetry in First Languages (PIFL) celebrates, shares and preserves knowledge of First Nations languages and culture through poetry, music and art.
Red Room Poetry brought PIFL to Gadigal country, with the support of Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NASCA and Art Gallery of NSW.
On 5 November, students from Alexandria Park Community School, Laramba School and Ntaria School connected to culture, country and language through poetry, art, bush medicine and traditional Indigenous Games. Poems from the project in language will be published in a poetic art installation at the Gardens from December 2018.
The language and poetry workshops, facilitated by RR with poet Kirli Saunders and Gadigal language custodian Joel Davison. The project mainly focused on Gadigal language, but NT students were encouraged to write in their own First Languages, Anmatjere/ Warlpiri and Western Arrernte.
On Gadigal land, PIFL is supported by Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, NASCA and Art Gallery of NSW. 

Read the workshop poems here!

The Poet

Cookaroo Flow Poets

On 5 November 2018, students from Alexandria Park Community School, Laramba School and Ntaria School connected to culture, country and language through poetry, art, bush medicine and traditional Indigenous Games.

Student poems written in language during the workshops were recorded to be soundscaped and embedded within waterways in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, as part of the Cookaroo Flow project.