Grafton Public School year two students Holly Fuller and Bella Mitchell joined their classmates and 500,000 other school students in simultaneous singalong. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner
Grafton Public School year two students Holly Fuller and Bella Mitchell joined their classmates and 500,000 other school students in simultaneous singalong. Photo JoJo Newby / The Daily Examiner Jojo Newby

Count us in on the singalong

HOLLY Fuller and Bella Mitchell enthusiastically sang along with a chorus of about 600,000 students from across Australia in a simultaneous sing-along yesterday.

The two girls, both second graders from Grafton Public School, said they and their schoolmates had been practising this year's theme song, Keep On, for months and were excited to finally do the real thing.

"We usually practise most days," seven-year-old Holly said.

"It's very easy to remember," agreed her classmate, eight-year-old Bella.

"My favourite part is when we sing: build a bridge, fly a plane, make somebody smile again."

Teacher Elaine Ware said the school had been involved in the special project every year since it began in 2007.

"The children love to sing and get so much enjoyment from taking part," Mrs Ware said.

Music: Count Us In has been described as the biggest music initiative in Australia.

The official event will be held today at 12.30pm, but as it clashed with Jacaranda Thursday, the school decided to hold it yesterday so no-one missed out.

Keep On, is an upbeat tune about working hard to achieve a dream.

It was written with the assistance of four high school students, their mentor Katie Noonan and program ambassador John Foreman.

Since its launch in 2007 the program has seen more than 2.5 million children sing along to the same song at the same time on the same day.

Managed by the Music Council of Australia, the program is funded by The Australian Government and meets a priority recommendation of the National Review of School Music Education to raise the status of music in schools.

The program also delivers music professional development to primary classroom teachers.



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