Stu­dents hit high note at choir fes­ti­vals

Southern Telegraph - - Lifestyle - Ai­den Boy­ham

Hun­dreds of stu­dents from schools across Rock­ing­ham gath­ered for spe­cial ju­nior choir fes­ti­vals last week, cul­mi­nat­ing in two per­for­mances at Bal­divis Se­condary Col­lege and Rock­ing­ham Se­nior High School.

About 700 Year 1-3 stu­dents from 11 lo­cal schools took part in the fes­ti­vals, as they cheer­fully sang sev­eral peace­ful, pos­i­tive songs with pride.

Se­cret Har­bour Pri­mary School teacher and or­gan­iser of the fes­ti­vals, Kather­ine An­son, said the con­cept started more than 10 years ago and gave teach­ers and stu­dents the chance to build their mu­si­cal con­fi­dence.

“The songs be­ing sung are all pos­i­tive, about peace, joy, love, fun and other pos­i­tive mes­sages,” Ms An­son said.

“Many of to­day’s songs have great tunes, but the lyrics can be neg­a­tive.

“So by singing these pos­i­tive songs, re­peated dur­ing re­hearsal and per­for­mances, it makes a big dif­fer­ence to the chil­dren’s self-es­teem and men­tal health.”

Ms An­son said the fes­ti­vals also helped build links be­tween the pri­mary and high schools in Rock­ing­ham and pro­vided chil­dren with the op­por­tu­nity to see other choirs from the area.

“The re­sponse from all the schools and kids has been fan­tas­tic,” Ms An­son said.

“They all love it and look for­ward to it — for some, it’s the high­light of their year.”

A se­nior choir fes­ti­val for high school stu­dents is also set to run in Term 3.

Stu­dents Bun­ga­ree, Rock­ing­ham Lakes, Comet Bay, Safety Bay Pri­mary School and En­deav­our Schools united for ju­nior choir fes­ti­vals last week.

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