Banding together to shine

November 07, 2017

School band members Boston Dowling, 12, Aaron Smith, 11, Patrick Setu, 11 play Shine Together.

Singers: Scarlett Martin, 12, Dakoda Joch, 12, perform.

Singing: Students Brooke Fowler, Hannah Arthur and Will Emanuelli sing for Count Us In.

Lennix Mellington, 7, does his part through Auslan.

Ella Bush, 5, Frazer Langley, 6, join in.

Friends: Mikayla McMellon, 7, and Emma Miller, 7, sing.

Friends: Mikayla McMellon, 7, and Emma Miller, 7, sing.

Guthrie St Primary School’s 550 students joined with one million young Australians around the nation for the Count Us In song Shine Together on Friday.

They learned the song’s lyrics and got to know sign language in the past four weeks in the creative arts lesson for the event which saw them sing simultaneously with other schools’ students.

Creative arts teacher Michael Donovan said it was a celebration of music and bringing everyone together.

‘‘The Guthrie St School band worked hard to play their own version of the song on the day that was written and recorded by students,’’ he said.

‘‘The students from prep to Year 6 also learned how to play the song on instruments such as ukulele.’’

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