Award is music to their ears

Orana Catholic Primary School music specialist Sarah Draper with school band members. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d407697
Orana Catholic Primary School music specialist Sarah Draper with school band members. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d407697

Music teacher Sarah Draper said the adjudicator for the festival was blown away by the band’s great performance.

‘I’m very proud of the kids, they did a great job and everyone enjoyed it,’ she said.

Mrs Draper said the school had 28 entries in the festival and Orana students had achieved 12 honourable mentions and 14 certificates of merit.

She said 15,000 students attended the festival, which ran for five weeks and incorporated music, dance and drama.

This is the second time the school has won the Parents and Friends Federation Award shield, which they first collected in 2011.

‘We now have 92 students learning an instrument through the school program and 120 students involved in the school choirs,’ Mrs Draper said.

‘There are seven instrumental teachers visiting Orana every week and we are very lucky that they share their many skills with our students.’

Mrs Draper said the junior and senior choirs, instrumental ensembles, classical guitar soloists, wind soloists and piano players all achieved outstanding results.