All to­gether now...

Kyabram Free Press - - NEWS - By Michael Mat­tingly

MORE than 170 stu­dents from Kyabram P-12 Col­lege’s foun­da­tion, year one and year two classes took part in the na­tion­wide Mu­sic Count Us In last week.

Mu­sic Count Us In is Aus­tralia’s largest school mu­sic par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gram.

Ev­ery year stu­dents take part, for free, in learn­ing a song in the lead up to Cel­e­bra­tion Day, which sees stu­dents all around the coun­try sing the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

To make this hap­pen, stu­dents from all over Aus­tralia sang at dif­fer­ent times in dif­fer­ent states.

NSW, Vic, Tas and ACT sang at 12.30pm, SA at 12pm, QLD 11.30am, NT 11am and WA 9.30am.

The stu­dents at Kyabram P-12 had a stream up on the pro­jec­tor, show­ing Jus­tine Clark, this year’s pro­gram men­tor, per­form­ing the song in front of a crowd.

The P-12 stu­dents did Kyabram proud, singing along to the lyrics con­fi­dently and cor­rectly.

This year, the cho­sen song was writ­ten by Jus­tine and five ta­lented stu­dent song­writ­ers from around the coun­try. They came to­gether to write One Song.

Kyabram P-12 per­form­ing arts teacher Sue Meek­ing has al­ways been full of praise for the idea.

‘‘The event pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for all our stu­dents to sing to­gether con­nect­ing with the wider Aus­tralian stu­dent pop­u­la­tion,’’ Ms Meek­ing said.

‘‘Stu­dents al­ways want to sing this song for months af­ter the big sin­ga­long.”

Sue Meek­ing leads the Kyabram P-12 stu­dents in the na­tion­wide sin­ga­long.

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