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All student poems

The School

Established in 1916, Brighton-Le-Sands Public School offers a modern and comprehensive Kindergarten to Year 6 education. The school enjoys an excellent reputation in the community, with a proven record of high academic, cultural and sporting achievement. The school is set in tree-lined and spacious grounds, with Pre-School, Before and After School Care and Vacation Care on site. Our community values our emphasis on educating the whole child by providing a broad and comprehensive curriculum which includes successful programs in Creative and Performing Arts, Sport, Language and Public Speaking. The school is founded on a strong culture of school improvement and success, individual and school excellence, with a strong emphasis on literacy, numeracy and active learning. Staff are committed to achieving high learning outcomes with individual students, in partnership with parents. This culture of effective and all round learning is clearly expressed by the schools statement of purpose ... "Brighton-Le-Sands educates our students to be independent life long learners and responsible members of society."

The Project

Students in at Brighton-le-Sands Public School composed poems and explored activities from the Sea Things learning resource that was piloted in 2011. 

The Poet

Johanna Featherstone

Johanna Featherstone founded Red Room Poetry in 2003 and was the organisation's artistic director until 2015. In that time Johanna established a national poetry education program for schools and Correctional Centres in NSW, at which she continues to facilitate poetry workshops. Her poetry features in journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Poems (Black Inc) and her chapbook Felt was released in 2010 by Vagabond Press with her second collection, featuring poems, prose and art criticism is forthcoming. (2020).

Johanna is honorary associate of The University of Sydney’s School Arts and Media and a regular peer assessor on literature panels for the Australia Council, Create NSW. Her work as a judge has included the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, JB Fairfax Award for Rural and Regional Journalism and the Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship. Johanna received a fellowship from the St James Ethics Center (2008) during which time she worked in a mine, studied Tagore and began her journey as a yogi; she teaches the Iyengar method. Much of Johanna’s time is spent adventuring with family including 4 and 6 year old girls and as a Director of the Oranges & Sardines Foundation and Belvoir Theatre. 

Johanna is a co-director of Oranges & Sardines, her family foundation.



"Challenging what a poem could be" – Past/Present Pets – Johanna Featherstone