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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

Pic­tures: Con­trib­uted

THINK B4 U CLICK: Gayn­dah State School stu­dents work­ing on the vo­cals for their track. INSET: The sin­gle’s cover art.

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