Students raise voices for nationwide effort
WARWICK was filled with uplifting song yesterday as local students joined ranks with over a half a million students across the country, all singing simultaneously for this year's Music: Count Us In.
Music: Count Us In (MCUI) involves more than 600,000 students, teachers (and often parents) from schools all over Australia who sign up to learn, rehearse, then perform the same song, on the same day, at the same time.
The action started at 11.30am yesterday at the Scots PGC College and Warwick Central State School, where students gave it their all for this year's song, called "Keep On".
The Scots PGC College music teacher Helena Penny said MCUI celebrated the benefits of music education in Australian schools.
"I think it is a great idea - there are lots of celebrities involved including Timomatic," she said.
"We started learning the song last term and this is our first time doing it.
"The children have all been talking about this in class, it seemed like the day would never come."
Despite a small technical glitch, the coordinated attempt was successful, as students watched the live stream from the official Melbourne and the Gold Coast.
"We only had 15 minutes to go, the clock was ticking but we made it," Mrs Penny said.
"Everything went really well."
About 120 students participated from the Scots PGC College.
"It's so good for students to be involved," Mrs Penny said.
"Even the preppies loved it - they're telling me it is now their favourite song."
The Scots PGC College year 4 students Holly Naughten and Liam Creed said they enjoyed the big event.
"I was really excited, we got to sing with everyone," Holly said.
"It was awesome and I think everybody should do it.
"I love singing because it makes me feel better whenever I'm in a bad mood."
"My favourite part was when we got to dance and sing," Luke added.
"I had a lot of fun doing it and I think it is a cool idea."
The allocated song is written each year especially for MCUI, and is designed to be upbeat and give a positive message to young people.