Gympie Special School sings along as part of the nationwide Count Us In singalong. Pictured from left are Liam Jerram, Nicholas Balsa, Kate Deboer, Neisha Engledow, Michael Durai, Jake Miron, Thomas Filer Wilson, Israel Osborne, Rebecca Cohen, Emily Hillhouse.
Gympie Special School sings along as part of the nationwide Count Us In singalong. Pictured from left are Liam Jerram, Nicholas Balsa, Kate Deboer, Neisha Engledow, Michael Durai, Jake Miron, Thomas Filer Wilson, Israel Osborne, Rebecca Cohen, Emily Hillhouse. Craig Warhurst

Students join in music celebration

GYMPIE Special School didn’t let technical difficulties stop its involvement in Australia’s largest singalong, Count Us In.

Across Australia yesterday at 11.30am more than 500,000 students, teachers and families from 1600 school communities joined in the singing action.

They joined together to perform this year’s theme song Come Play Your Part in the massive nationwide celebration of the value of school music education.

Voices, drums, ukuleles, recorders, violins, rock bands and orchestras rang out across the entire country including Gympie’s Special School.

Students clapped and sang along to the catchy tune, despite not being able to hook up to the nation-wide link via the internet.

Teacher Lynn Durai tried multiple times to log on to the official website so her students could sing along with kids from major cities all over the country. Unfortunately traffic to the site must have been too busy and the kids didn’t get to sing along with their peers in other parts of Australia.

But that didn’t stop the kids enjoying the song via a CD player.

“It was a shame we couldn’t get on the net,” Ms Durai said. “The kids get so excited seeing other children sing. They feel a part of it.”

She was full of praise for the Count Us In concept, saying it was great for her students.

“It is great to be involved in something so large especially with the web stream, it keeps everyone connected.”

Count Us In is Australia’s biggest school music initiative. It involves about half a million students, teachers and parents. Schools sign up to learn, rehearse then perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time.

With support from the Australian government, it has run since 2007 and is all about celebrating the value of music education to students’ development, whoever they are and wherever they are.

Count Us In is for all schools including primary, high, state and independent schools, nationwide.

It doesn’t cost anything to participate and all the support materials, including song charts, arrangements and classroom activity kits are freely available and downloadable.

Gympie Times


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