Locals counted in national song
Yarrawonga P-6 students were among 700,000 students throughout Australia who sang ‘One Song’ in a national music program called ‘Music Count Us In’ on Thursday, November 1.
Nearly 500 local students joined in the Music Count Us In celebration which exists to advocate for, and celebrate, music in Australian schools.
Our students joined in singing with the live broadcast from Bellerive Boardwalk in Hobart, with the big video screen in our school’s ECA Centre, and with local school music teacher Emma Grant in charge.
“How good is this?” the broadcast from Hobart asked, “we are going from Hobart to Alice Springs to Cairns. You are part of 700,000 students combining through music, through One Song, in Australia.”
The Music Count Us In management acknowledged all the schools with a special thank you to principals for allowing the nation-wide performance.
The four-minute ‘One Song’ performance by Yarrawonga P-6 students delighted Ms Grant who had been preparing the students over four weeks in the lead-up to November 1.
“It’s about celebrating music,” the first-year, full-time music teacher at Yarrawonga P-12 told the Yarrawonga Chronicle. “I’m absolutely thrilled the way the kids sang ‘Our Song’.”
Ms Grant, who received a Bachelor of Education majoring in Music Victoria University Footscray last year, received loud applause after Prep- Year 8 Campus Principal Kellie Thorp spoke. Ms Thorp praised the music teacher’s efforts in achieving a wonderful student performance and blending-in with the live broadcast.
School marketing/promotion officer Karen Mullavey said: “Emma has been a fabulous addition to our school. She’s had groups per- form at Hamer Hall in Melbourne. Kids are loving it.”
One Song is a song for students written by students. Among attendees in Hobart were award-winning music producer John Foreman OAM and program music mentor Justine Clarke.
Music Count Us In! Music teacher Emma Grant left front stage to be with students during their singing.
Music teacher for Prep to Year 6, Emma Grant, in charge of the big national singalong of One Song.