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The School

Arthur Phillip High School (APHS) is a coeducational public high school in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia. The school was established in 1960 in its own right, in buildings which had been used continuously as a school since 1875, and is named for Arthur Phillip, the first governor of the state of New South Wales and the founder of the city of Sydney.

The Project

On the 30th of October, Jonathan Hill will lead year 7 students from Arthur Phillip High School through poetic exercises responding to sculptures displayed as part of the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition. Students will work with artists and educators to consider sculptures through different ‘lenses’ and to be inspired to write poetry through tactile, visual and aural exploration - discovering what happens wheny you blend the forms of sculpture and poetry. Students will be guided in composing both individual and group poems.

Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events, with 500,000 visitors viewing over 100 sculptures by artists from around the world. Held since 1997, this free to the public exhibition captures the imagination of Sydney and its visitors for three weeks each spring and is the largest annual sculpture exhibition in the world. The exhibition generates an almost unprecedented level of goodwill among the public as they enjoy one of the most unique events in the world.

The Poet

Jonathan Hill

Jonathan Hill resides on the NSW South Coast beside Jervis Bay. He has worked with The Red Room Company on the Clubs and Societies and Carved Trees projects. His poetry has featured in the Koori Mail and has also appeared in anthologies - Building Bridges (2013), Indo-Australian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry (2013), Cricket Poetry Award (2011/12). His poem - 'Acknowledgement of Country' has featured in a wide variety of publications and formal ceremonies throughout Australia.

Jonathan is of Indigenous Filipino and Australian heritage and works as a teacher in the field of Aboriginal education. Jonathan's work has been included in the national curriculum and has been studied by primary and senior students.