Alexandria Park Community School
Red Room Education , 2018
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.
With generous support from MIRVAC and Landcom, in June, poet and performer Gabrielle Jones delivered performances and ran workshops over two days with Alexandria Park students from years 3 to 6 encouraging students to investigate the power of language and poetry in self-expression while supporting them to explore the themes of unity, community and belonging in the local area. Gabrielle ‘Journey’ Jones led students in creative writing exercises and introduce them to ‘flowetry’ through her drumming and rhythm activities.
Supported by Mirvac and Landcom.
Gabrielle Journey Jones is a poet, percussionist and event producer born on sovereign Gadigal Land, Sydney, Australia. She is from Maori and African American bloodlines and now lives on the Far South Coast NSW Yuin Country. Gabrielle has shared her poetry at local, national and international events for over 20 years. Her first collection of poetry Spoken Medicine (2017) was published by Ginninderra Press.
Gabrielle is inspired by creative communities which celebrate diversity, activism and inclusion. She encourages everyone to speak their own medicine by sharing their stories in whatever ways feel healing, authentic and most useful. In 2018, Gabrielle established Poetic Percussion, a small business delivering poetry and drumming workshops and performances in schools and the community.
Gabrielle has worked collaboratively with the following creative groups and organisations over recent years: ACON, Aussie Writers Flash Fiction Fun Festival, Bega Valley Public School, Black Wallaby Indigenous Writers, Bonnie's Support Services, Bucket Lounge, Burning Seed, Caravan Slam, Children's Book Club Australia Illawarra-South Coast, Circus Monoxide, Circus WOW, Cygnet Folk Festival, Enough Said Poetry Slam, Ginninderra Press, Girls Rock! Canberra, Illawarra Folk Festival, Issa Vibe, Kangaroo Valley Show, Kind Art Ed, Liverpool Women’s Services, Liverpool Sexual Assault Service, Lou’s Place, Merrigong, Old Bega Hospital, Reclaim The Night, Red Room Poetry, Refugee Action Collective Illawarra, Shakespeare By Night, She’ll Be Right, SheQu, South Coast Writers Centre, Spark Youth Theatre, Spoken Vibes, StayFly Sydney, Sydney Fringe Festival, Tamar Valley Folk Festival, Tasmanian Poetry Festival, That Poetry Thing, Thirroul Community Library, Thirroul Public School, Tripple Treat, University of New South Wales, Unspoken Words Storytelling, Womoon Tide Feminist Writers, Women’s Resource Centre Bega, Word in Hand, Word Travels / Storyfest, Words Flow, Writers of the Far South Coast, Yoke Magazine.
To find out more, visit her website: www.poeticpercussion.com.au