Wollongong Primary School, NSW
Poetry Object, 2018
Wollongong Public School is located close to the centre of the city. While the majority of our students live locally, we have a number of students enrolled in OC classes for gifted and talented students who travel in from all over the Illawarra. We have a rich mixture of students from different cultures in the school. We take great pride in the level of acceptance and respect for different cultures shown by our students.
Wollongong Public School has a long and rich history in the Illawarra region. A school has existed in Wollongong since 1826.
In 2018, Red Room Poetry along with Illawarra Multicultural Services Wollongong collaborated to deliver Refugee Week workshops to students from Wollongong Primay School (13 June) and Wollongong West Primay School (15 June). The workshops allowed English as a Second Language (ESL) students from refugee backgrounds in Years 3-12 to create poetry about treasured objects as a part of Red Room Poetry’s competition, Poetry Object.
Poetry Object is open to all students years 3-10 in Australia and New Zealand. The poems from the workshop will be published on the Red Room Poetry website and will be performed at Town Hall, Wollongong on 20 June 2018.
Kirli Saunders is a proud Gunai Woman and an award-winning international Children’s Author and Poet as well as a Teacher, and emerging Artist. She created and led Red Room Poetry's Poetry in First Languages program from its conception until July 2020. Her debut picture book The Incredible Freedom Machines was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and CBCA notables. Her poetry collection, Kindred was shortlisted for the ABIA 2020 Book Awards and FAB Booktopia Awards. She is the inaugural winner of the Daisy Utemorrah Award and University of Canberra ATSI Poetry prize (2019). She is an esteemed judge for the Val Vallis Poetry Prize. Kirli is the 2020 NSW Aboriginal Woman of the Year.