Centaur students join national music sing-along
SCHOOLS in Australia united in music yesterday when the 600,000 students joined to sing the same song, titled Different People (Stand Together), at exactly the same time.
Students at Centaur Primary School were linked to the rest of the country's students via the internet and after a few vocal warm-ups joined the chorus around the country.
Centaur's computer and choir teacher Reygan Miller said the event called Music, Count Us In aimed to bring music back to the curriculum as music allowed students to express themselves.
"Music, Count Us In, celebrates music in our school curriculum.
"Music makes us feel many different emotions and embraces all people.
"We are all different and come in many shapes and sizes, nationalities and abilities but with music we can come together and enjoy as one," Ms Miller said.
The song's lyrics told the kids from different places and different backgrounds to get ready to dream, take chances and stand together and to keep on trying as "nothing can stop us".
Since 2007, over 2.5 million kids have participated in this program which last year saw 1900 schools nation-wide join in song.
Dubbed the biggest school initiative in Australia, the event gave children of all ages and abilities the opportunity to learn a song written by students for students and perform it in front of and with many other students.
ARIA award winning singer and songwriter Josh Pyke helped three high school students Jorja Bromley, Ryan Chelva and Sun Woo Kim write the song which was recorded with the help of producer John Foreman.
Mr Foreman, the program's ambassador, said: "We know that Music, Count Us In has become so popular that it has triggered many more music activities in schools throughout the year.
"What's so clever is that it is simultaneously huge and intimate.
"There aren't many programs that involve half a million people where there's also a place for a proud group of 10 students and one teacher in an outback school," Mr Foreman said.