CASP Stories: kids get creative with poetry

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CASP funding brought a visiting performance bush poet to the region to run creative poetry workshops in schools during Orange’s Banjo Paterson Australian Poetry Festival.

The Scope:

Marco Gliori was engaged to be the guest poet for the Festival and during his time in Orange, he conducted 6 workshops over 3 days. This covered 4 different schools and a Home Schooling Group. He reached over 150 Primary School students and their teachers. Some of these classes also performed at other events during the Festival, using the skills they learnt in workshops during 2018.


The Schools:

 On Monday 18 February, 2019, 60 Bletchington Public School Year 3 students were treated to a highly interactive and participatory poetry performance. The teachers were so impressed that they have booked in for another set of workshops later in the year.

The next stop on the same day was Cumnock Public School, a small school 50 km northwest of Orange. Here, 14 Year 5/6 students participated in both performance and writing activities. The teacher has since followed up with the work and helped to refine and polish what they started on the day, ready to present at Assembly and go in the school newsletter.

On Wednesday 20 February, 2019, Marco did both performance and writing workshops with 30 students from years 2 to 6 at Spring Hill Public School, another small school about 20 km south of Orange. The students were able to get a first draft of their own original poems finished which their teachers will follow up on to complete their works.

On that afternoon, 20 students from pre-school age to upper primary from the Orange Home Schooling Group along with their parents enjoyed the performance workshop and then did some writing activities. They were able to read out and perform their work to the rest of the group.

On Thursday 21 February, 2019, Marco did 2 workshops at Orange Public School, one with 30 year 4 students and the other with 30 year 5 students. These children had performed at the public Poetry on the Pavers breakfast that morning so were primed up and thoroughly enjoyed both the performance and writing workshops. The students wrote some excellent short poems and gained a good grasp of the essential elements of creative poetry writing.

The outcomes:

All school visits were extremely successful and were met with great enthusiasm by both staff and students. The teachers gained valuable pointers from Marco on how to make creative writing a lot of fun, while also ticking several boxes in the curriculum like performance, history, literature and creativity.

Workshops to be held later in the year, possibly August 2019, will enable the visiting poet to visit more schools and follow up on the things the students have learnt in these February sessions.

“The CASP funding is a great help in being able to bring a very talented poet and educator to our region to work with schools and make poetry writing and performing a lot of fun and a creative experience for the students and the teachers,” said Rotary Club of Orange’s Len Banks.

The Country Arts Support Program

CASP is an annual small grants program administered by Regional Arts NSW on behalf of Create NSW, delivered in partnership with the 14 Regional Arts Development Organisations.

The 2020 round of the Country Arts Support Program will open on May 27, 2019 and close on July 29, 2019. 

You will need to speak to your regional arts development organisation (Arts OutWest in the NSW Central West) prior to submitting an application.

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