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All student poems

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 visited Hornsby Girls' High School in June, 2013 to work with 120 Year 7 students. After an introductory session, students completed two workshops with Eileen to compose and publish poems for The Disappearing app, in conjunction with their own special unit of work, 'Quirky Characters'. You can read student poems on The Disappearing app by searching Sydney, Hornsby Girls' High School. 

Students completed a range of activities, from dramatic monologues (read monologues from classes 7T, 7X, 7Q and 7K here) to poems that respond to Joannes Vermeer's 'Girl with a Pirl Earring' (read poems from classes 7T, 7X, 7Q and 7K here).

Eileen also composed a poem for the school, ‘My own Lucy’, available on the app and the Red Room website (or view above in playlist).

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).