Shepparton News

Per­for­mance strikes chord

RE­GION’S PRI­MARY SCHOOLS COME TO­GETHER FOR AN IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL FES­TI­VAL OF MU­SI­CAL EX­CEL­LENCE

- By Sion­nie Kelly

More than 600 stu­dents from across Greater Shep­par­ton con­verged at Eastbank Cen­tre to sing their way to har­mony yes­ter­day.

The Song Room pro­gram co-or­di­na­tor Lena Mitchell said this was the sec­ond year Toolamba, Tatura, Lem­nos, Zeerust, Bourchier St, Mooroopna North, Kialla West, Rush­worth, Guthrie St pri­mary schools and Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar had come to­gether to per­form at the Shep­par­ton In­terHar­mony Fes­ti­val.

Ms Mitchell said The School Room along with The Fair­ley Foun­da­tion, Rosie Kids Foun­da­tion, and Pratt Foun­da­tion helped stu­dents from small schools learn about mu­sic.

She said mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion was im­por­tant for stu­dents as it helped them emo­tion­ally and en­cour­aged them to at­tend school reg­u­larly.

Stu­dents who had never per­formed be­fore were able to gain some ex­pe­ri­ence as more than 800 peo­ple watched on as they per­formed a va­ri­ety of blues and pop songs.

‘‘It’s fan­tas­tic and they all per­formed like pro­fes­sion­als,’’ she said. ‘‘A lot of them are really proud to be per­form­ing com­po­si­tions they’d writ­ten them­selves.’’

Ms Mitchell said Goul­burn Val­ley Gram­mar stu­dents per­formed af­ter lunch to show younger stu­dents that learn­ing mu­sic could con­tinue into sec­ondary col­lege.

A pro­fes­sional band then per­formed to demon­strate to stu­dents where a ca­reer in mu­sic could take them.

 ??  ?? In har­mony: Stu­dents per­form on stage.
In har­mony: Stu­dents per­form on stage.
 ?? Pic­tures: Holly Cur­tis ?? Per­form­ing: Taylee Shut­tle­worth and Ge­or­gia Clarke.
Pic­tures: Holly Cur­tis Per­form­ing: Taylee Shut­tle­worth and Ge­or­gia Clarke.
 ??  ?? Tak­ing to the stage: Stu­dents get ready to per­form.
Tak­ing to the stage: Stu­dents get ready to per­form.
 ??  ?? Tra­di­tional wel­come: Per­formed by Muna Brown.
Tra­di­tional wel­come: Per­formed by Muna Brown.
 ??  ?? Mu­si­cal stu­dents: Madyson Law on clar­inet.
Mu­si­cal stu­dents: Madyson Law on clar­inet.
 ??  ?? Drum­mer boy: Ed­ward Cibuku.
Drum­mer boy: Ed­ward Cibuku.
 ??  ?? Play­ing: Khan Benice.
Play­ing: Khan Benice.

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