North Fremantle and Fremantle primary students to sing Let it Play for Music Count Us In event


Roland Turk (Year 2), Penny Johnston (Year 3), Lucy Holmes (Year 3) and Henry Arendts (Year 3) with kids from Fremantle Primary in the background. Picture: Robin Kornet
Roland Turk (Year 2), Penny Johnston (Year 3), Lucy Holmes (Year 3) and Henry Arendts (Year 3) with kids from Fremantle Primary in the background. Picture: Robin Kornet

THOUSANDS of children around Australia will unite next week to sing a song penned by two WA teenagers.

North Fremantle and Fremantle primary schools are among thousands around the country who have been practicing Let it Play for this year’s Music Count Us In event, a song written by 16-year-old Stella Kelly and 14-year-old Bonnie Staude with the help of two other students from Victoria and Queensland.

As many as half a million students from more than 2100 schools are expected to take part in the event, performing the song at the same time on November 3.

Fremantle Primary music teacher Edwina Allen said they had been involved in Music Count Us In since 2012.

“This year our Junior Choir, which is all of our Year 2 and 3 students, and our Senior Choir, which involves 42 of our Year 4, 5 and 6 students, will be singing with the remaining students from the Year 5 class accompanying the song on the recorder,” she said.

“All the children have loved the songs and have learned to incorporate some Auslan hand signals with the lyrics.

“We believe an event like this gives the children an understanding of community and helps them to understand how so many people value music and we hope the students have fun, enjoy the experience and continue to develop a love of music.”

Visit www.musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin for more information on the event or to register to take part.