Carlisle Primary clears throat for Music: Count Us In project


Teacher Jess Montefiore and music specialist Nina Prudnicki with Year 1 students. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au   d475018
Teacher Jess Montefiore and music specialist Nina Prudnicki with Year 1 students. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d475018

CARLISLE Primary is getting ready to be heard across the nation.

The Kewdale-based primary school is taking part in this year’s Music: Count Us In project, with thousands of schools across the country set to sing the same song at the same time on November 2.

Carlisle music specialist Nina Prudnicki has been at the school for 12 years, and said music was very important to the school and its students.

“We come from a high English as an Additional Language or Dialect background, with over 47 different nationalities. With music, it’s inclusive, and there’s no barriers. It’s something all kids feel confident doing; it’s good for their self-esteem,” Ms Prudnicki said.

“It’s a great ice breaker because everyone can do it. Kids can come in with no language, and they can still play a maraca and stamp their foot, and learn that pattern of language.”

This year’s Music: Count Us In has more than 3400 schools participating, with students from all over Australia set to sing this year’s song Shine Together.

The song was collaboratively written by five students from various states working with program ambassador John Foreman OAM and program mentor Taylor Henderson, a chart-topping Australian musician.

“Songs are our stories and Australian songs define our unique culture,” Mr Henderson said.

“I’m thrilled to be helping mentor a new generation to create great music.”

Ms Prudnicki said her students at Carlisle were excited and ready to live stream the day, and were also learning the Auslan lyrics for the song.

To register your school, head to musicaustralia.org.au/program/countusin/the-song/2017-program-song/.

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