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The School

St. Ursula’s College, Yeppoon, is an independent girl’s Catholic boarding and day school situated by the sea, 40 kilometres from Rockhampton. St Ursula’s College, with its classic Queensland architecture featuring gabled roofing and wide verandahs, is situated in tropical gardens in the heart of Yeppoon. Founded in 1917 the school maintains the traditions and values of the Presentation Sisters. Its motto is “Perfice Gressus Meos”, or Perfect My Steps.

The Project

Girls in Year 8 at St. Ursula’s were among the first in Australia to experience the newly designed learning resource for middle school students based on the 2010 Sea Things public poetry project. St. Ursula’s was an ideal choice for the pilot program as it is also known as the School by the Sea. The girls explored the relationship Australians have with the sea through the medium of poetry.

Dr. Bronwyn Lea visited St. Ursula’s campus from Brisbane and her residency extended over three days. She addressed all of Year 8 and worked closely with smaller groups of girls. The visual arts department of the school was involved in an exciting cross-curricular collaboration during the Red Room Education program at St. Ursula’s College.

The Poet

Bronwyn Lea

Bronwyn Lea is the Series Editor of UQP's annual Best Australian Poetry anthology with Martin Duwell. She is also the author of Flight Animals which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize for Poetry, the Fellowship of Australian Writers Anne Elder Award, and was shortlisted for a number of other prizes. Her other works include The Wooden Cat and Other Poems and The Other Way Out. She is currently the Poetry Editor at the University of Queensland Press and lectures in Poetics at the University of Queensland, where she completed her PhD. She was a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council from 2005-2008.

Listen to Bronwyn delivering the mineslec at the 2006 Toilet Door Project Launch.