STUDENTS RELEASE RAP TRACK TO BATTLE BULLYING
STUDENTS from this school have dropped a track, all to combat an online epidemic.
Gayndah State School has released a pop/rap song to raise awareness of cyber bullying, called THINK B4 U
The project, financed by Regional Arts Development funding, enabled Year 4, 5 and 6 students of 2019 to brainstorm song lyric ideas under the direction of singersongwriter Rachel Koster, and teachers Leah Trott and Cameron Willis.
“It was 100 per cent a collaborative effort with Mrs Trott organising funding, scheduling and many other parts, and everyone at the school helping out in various different ways,” Ms Koster said.
“You couldn’t ask for a better team to work with.”
After several classroom discussions about cyber safety and bullying with the students and their teachers, Ms Koster went home armed with rhymes, messages and sentences to create the track.
“The vote was for a pop tune with rap lyrics, so that’s what we ended up with,” she said.
“The focus of the song was to provide an uplifting message about being ‘upstanders’ instead of bystanders, with the overall goal reminding students to think before they click.”
The school library turned into a makeshift recording studio as producer and musician Luke Koster spent the day producing the single.
Groups of students and soloists collaborated on the track, with the day providing an insight into the recording process.
Brisbane Rapper Mayhem then hopped on the track for the song’s interlude, accompanied by some beatboxing by students Patrick Hart and Adam Spence.
Group vocals by the students serenades listeners on the chorus, while Marshal Master provides the lead vocals, and Tyrone Crawford on outro.
Marina Darrow, Lachlan Smith, Madelyn Brady, and Daniella Hopely were the brave soloists on the track, backed by some keen echo vocalists.
Students showcased their artistic skills for the single’s cover art, which was finally mixed, mastered, and ready for release.
Mrs Trott said the whole process, from brainstorming, to writing, recording, and the CD launch, had been a great journey for her students.
“Their awareness of cyber safety has been heightened, and it’s great that we are able to arm our students with strategies to combat cyberbullying,” Mrs Trott said.
“We have enjoyed working with Luke and Rachel, and are so lucky to have these skilled artists working with us.”
CDs are now available from the school office for $8, or you can buy the track or karaoke version by visiting
THINK B4 U CLICK: Gayndah State School students working on the vocals for their track. INSET: The single’s cover art.