Shoalhaven High School, NSW
Red Room Education , 2016
Shoalhaven High School is a comprehensive high school providing a quality education in a caring and supportive environment. The school's motto "Aiming Higher" epitomises the opportunities given to all students to reach their full potential.
With support from the Bjarne K Dahl Trust, The Red Room Company teamed up with Bundanon for a special New Shoots collaboration called the Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project (EEPP). The EEPP deepens emotional connections with the environment by supporting poets, students and local community to take a closer look at eucalypts through a poetic lens.
On 3 June 2016, students from Shoalhaven High School visited Bundanon to engage with site-specific eucalypts and ecological communities. Through a series of poetic activities, students enriched their creative and cultural connections with the many eucalyptus species at Bundanon Trust.
Students worked with New Shoots poet in residence, Eileen Chong, to each produce and publish a eucalypt-inspired poem as well as a group poem written on yellow bloodwood leaves.
Other poets involved with New Shoots include Lorna Munro, Eric Avery, and Mark Tredinnick.
Eileen Chong is a Sydney poet. Burning Rice (Australian Poetry, 2012) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award, Australian Arts in Asia Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award. Her other books are Peony (Pitt Street Poetry, 2014) and Painting Red Orchids (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016).