St. Joseph’s gets counted in

On Thursday morning St Joseph’s primary school students raised their voices for the national schools event, Music: Count Us In.

In choral harmony with hand gestures and all, the students watched the live telecast of the event hosted in Sydney, and loudly and proudly sung along.

Music: Count Us In is an initiative supported by the Australian government celebrating the value of musical education.

With 2000 schools participating in the event nationally, schools rehearse then perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

Celebrities leant their support to the event with local singer, Shannon Noll, helping with the musical direction of the Sydney event.

Even rock-and-roller turned Federal MP, Peter Garrett, revisited his Midnight Oil roots and sung with students.

Aside from the students’ vocal talent, St Josephs also employed the help of five very keen xylophone players.

This gave the national event a local feel, with Noll’s niece, Lara, joining her uncle in the celebration and rhythmically pounding away on the xylophone.

The St Josephs Coordinator for the event, Bernadette Spencer, said that most of the school term was spent in rehearsal, with the students setting aside about 10 minutes daily to practise the group song.

Bernadette said that it was an easy song and had a great beat so all the students could bop along.

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