Students get in tune for Eisteddfod

David CharlesworthHarvey-Waroona Reporter

STUDENTS at Brunswick Junction Primary School will raise their voices in harmony at the Bunbury Eisteddfod.

Music teacher Shani Kaitani is preparing the 20 students, from Year 2 to 6, for the school’s second consecutive performance in the small schools section.

Ms Kaitani said the choir did not require an audition, they just needed to be keen to sing.

“I just take whatever students are keen to join the choir and hopefully we’ll make a joyful noise,” she said.

Students are preparing two songs, Rain by Australian children’s song writer Peter Combe and Not Alone, which is about volunteering and sticking together in adversity.

“It’s an Australian song about bushfires and flooding and how all the Australian people pull together to look after each other,” she said.

“I thought it was quite topical after last year with the bushfires and floods further south.”

Ms Kaitani said the students had put a lot of practice into Rain which featured multiple parts.

“It actually splits into two parts, one goes over the other,” she said.

“So that’s what we’ve been practising to make sure they get it balanced.”

Ms Kaitani said taking part in the Eisteddfod gave the students exposure to other choirs.

“At the end of the day it’s so the kids enjoy themselves, but it also gives them the experience of seeing other schools perform,” she said.

The choir will take the stage on June 16 in the 10am session at the Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

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