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The School

Hornsby Girls' High School is an academically selective school, located adjacent to the central business district of Hornsby. Since its foundation in 1930, the school has enjoyed an excellent reputation as a school with a strong academic focus within a caring and supportive environment. It places emphasis on the value and potential of each and every individual and to this end, provides a range of extra-curricular opportunities and welfare programs to support the students' academic goals. The main building of the school is heritage - listed, symbolising the pride and tradition in the school. The school's history, traditions and value for academic excellence and the development of the whole person, are actively supported by the parent body and the Old Girls' Union. The development of leadership and a sense of community pride and responsibility within the students are highly valued across the school.

The Project

Poet Eileen Chong is thrilled to be returning to Hornsby Girls High for a residency focusing on Red Room Poetry Object 2016Eileen was a Poetry Object commissioned poet in 2013 and you can see a video of her poem here

Look for an object that may not be unusual in someone else’s eyes: a common object like a stone, for example – its magic is known only to you, and it will be your job to communicate this magic. I will help you, but the first step is to pick an object that has real depth.


The Poet

Eileen Chong

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).