IN HARMONY: St George State School choir teacher Sue Anderson with (clockwise from left) Frank Wilson, Katie Parker, Lillian Stenhouse, Caroline Tattam and Jeremy Armstrong.
IN HARMONY: St George State School choir teacher Sue Anderson with (clockwise from left) Frank Wilson, Katie Parker, Lillian Stenhouse, Caroline Tattam and Jeremy Armstrong. Contributed

Classroom teachers step up to keep vocal cords in action

AFTER losing their qualified choir conductor early last year, Sue Anderson and Lara Waters were prepared to step up to the plate and keep the vocal cords of St George State School in action.

Last week, they took the junior and senior choirs to the Goondiwindi Eisteddfod.

The Senior Choir was awarded highly commended for We Will Rock You and Kookaburra Sits in the Old Gum Tree, and was awarded third place for its performance of the school song.

"We had a lot of boys in the choir, a lot more than the other choirs, which was incredible,” Mrs Anderson said.

"Our kids have a lot of focus and enthusiasm. It's been a very big challenge learning to conduct the choirs, and this is my second year, but it's something that's been really worthwhile.

"There are a lot of benefits to choir, it's all about working together as a team. It's about putting others before yourself, learning discipline and learning and appreciating the joy of music.

"Learning music has lots of documented education advantages, it's a really great thing for our kids to be involved in.”

The junior choir, made up of Prep to Year 2 students, entered into five different categories where they received a first, second, two thirds and a highly commended.

"We're really proud of our kids. It's great to be a part of Goondiwindi Eisteddfod and we look forward to performing for the community in the next couple of months.”


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