Choirs raise voices for GC 600
HILLCREST Christian College Bella Voce Choir tweaked their voices like finely tuned engines last week in preparation for the Gold Coast 600.
The school's winning performance at this year's Gold Coast Eisteddfod along with Emmanuel College earned the schools the honour of singing the national anthem at this weekend's sporting event.
The two schools received their final instructions at Hillcrest last Friday under the watchful eye of Armor All Gold Coast 600 pre-race entertainment executive producer Thea Jeanes-Cochrane.
Ms Jeanes-Cochrane said both colleges were selected because of their winning performances in individual categories at the recent Gold Coast Eisteddfod.
Hillcrest took victory in the primary school competition and Emmanuel took out the secondary part.
More than 5000 school students from south east Queensland, northern New South Wales and New Zealand will be on the Gold Coast for the Students on Track component of the Armor All Gold Coast 600.
Ms Jeanes-Cochrane said involving local schools in the Armor All Gold Coast 600 was a key part of V8 Supercars' events Australia wide.
"Engaging the local community is incredibly important to V8 Supercars and the best place to start is with schools," she said.
"The Students on Track program aims to involve many aspects of the curriculum and selecting schools to perform the National Anthem ahead of the race involves the music departments at the schools."
"We have two exceptional choirs in Hillcrest Christian College and Emmanuel College and the children are all very excited by the opportunity to perform in front of an enormous crowd and the amazing international field that has been assembled for the event," Ms Jeanes-Cochrane said.
Hillcrest Christian College choir teacher Jenny Moon said: "The kids are struggling to contain their excitement."