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The School

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Primary School is a coeducational non-government primary school located in the metropolitan location of Waterloo, New South Wales. The school has a total enrolment of 122 students, 55% are boys and 45% are girls. The school caters for years Kindergarten to grade 6.

At Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School we come together as followers of Christ, ensuring quality teaching and learning so all children reach their full potential. The school was established in 1858 and is a single stream school with a large indigenous population and a mixture of other cultural backgrounds. ESL, Reading Recovery and Special Education Programs provide for students with identified specific learning needs and a differentiated curriculum caters for all ranges of ability within the classroom setting. Since 2005 our school has initiated a 'Leadership for Reconciliation' Program where a group of the Mount Carmel students join with students from Sacred Heart, Mosman to visit significant Indigenous Songlines in Central Australia. The school has pioneered a Career's Lighthouse program for our Year 5 and 6 students which provides information about what is possible and the importance of goal setting. We commit to working in harmony with each other and the wider community. We continue to assist our children in striving to make a difference in our world.

The Project

Poet Eileen Chong worked with Mt Carmel Primary students through selected poetry activities from the Red Room Poetry Education resources.

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).