Com­ing to­gether for the love of music

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - FRONT PAGE - Carly Cullen [email protected]­

CHIL­DREN’S voices raised the roof at Caloun­dra’s Unity Col­lege last week in a cho­ral spec­tac­u­lar.

Last Tues­day, nine Sun­shine Coast Catholic Schools came to­gether to warm their vo­cal chords and sing proudly.

Among all of those de­lighted singers was Unity Col­lege stu­dent Cais Zwols­man.

Cais, like many of his peers, has a love for music.

He said he be­lieved it helped him in other ar­eas of his learn­ing too.

“Music im­proves my con­fi­dence and makes me a hap­pier per­son,” the Caloun­dra stu­dent said.

The Cho­ral Spec­tac­u­lar Con­cert was in cel­e­bra­tion of Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week and the Year of Youth.

The ed­u­ca­tion week is held an­nu­ally to cel­e­brate and pro­mote the mis­sion and ethos of Catholic schools in Queens­land.

The theme for Catholic Ed­u­ca­tion Week was ‘Dis­cov­er­ing new hori­zons’.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the theme came from a speech given by Pope Fran­cis in 2016.

Schools in­volved with the cho­ral con­cert ex­plored the theme in any way they pleased.

This year singing was used as the driv­ing force.

The week in­spired Catholic school stu­dents to make new dis­cov­er­ies and broaden their hori­zons.

From the nine Sun­shine Coast schools, there was a to­tal of 12 choirs.

The recital was an op­por­tu­nity for like-minded stu­dents from dif­fer­ent Coast schools to join to­gether to ap­plaud each other and use the plat­form to em­brace their tal­ent.

Choir of Hard Knocks di­rec­tor Jonathon Welch worked with the schools to bring to­gether the amaz­ing per­for­mance.

The big day was full of work­shops be­fore the fi­nal recital to en­sure that all the stu­dents in­volved felt well pre­pared and could set­tle their nerves.

Mr Welch didn’t just work on the fi­nal re­sult but he also ran the work­shops.

With his ex­pe­ri­ence as a multi-award win­ning singer, con­duc­tor and teacher, it’s no won­der the au­di­ence was blown away.

With­out any tra­di­tional in­stru­ments, the stu­dents re­lied on their col­lec­tive voices to fill the room.

The day al­lowed stu­dents to work to­gether, show­cas­ing their skills and learn­ing new tech­niques to warm up and per­form to a crowd.

The stu­dents learnt valu­able in­dus­try skills while en­joy­ing what they love, col­lab­o­rat­ing with other stu­dents who share the same pas­sions.

Unity Col­lege hosted the won­der­ful event and other par­tic­i­pat­ing schools in­cluded: Siena Catholic Pri­mary School, Siena Catholic Col­lege, Stella Maris Pri­mary School, St John’s Col­lege, St Joseph’s Pri­mary School, St Teresa’s Catholic Col­lege, St Thomas More Pri­mary School and Sun­shine Beach St Eu­gene Col­lege.

Music im­proves my con­fi­dence and makes me a hap­pier per­son. — Cais Zwols­man


SINGERS: Unity Col­lege and St Thomas More stu­dents come to­gether.

Jonathon Welch con­ducts the com­bined choir.

Tom, Joseph, Mia, Au­gus­tine, Ava, Ge­or­gia and Ju­liana.

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