Song writing challenge for year 6

This half term we are going to be having a go at song writing. I am challenging year 6 to write songs to celebrate their time here at St Teresa’s. The song must be catchy and suitable to sing for key stage 1 as the winning songs will be taught to the whole school.

Last half term we had a look at song structure. Today we are going to have a look at lyrics.

We are going to start by looking at “Great Day”

The first thing we are going to do is come up with a title and an image.

Thank you Balwyn High School!

Today was amazing! Young people from the other side of the planet came to our school and gave an incredible performance. We had invited children from our neighbouring local schools to come along and share in this special performance and they came. Our visitors were students from Balwyn High School and they worked their socks off to give us a performance we will not forget in a hurry.

Their choir was terrific. They sang a range of songs – from “The rum tum tum of a military drum” to the “Spirit of adventure” from the Disney film, Up. However the song that really struck a chord with our audience was “I am Australian”. Lots of staff reported being moved to tears by this song.

The children went wild at the Jazz combo section and everyone clicked, clapped and swayed along.

What really brought the house down though was a South African song that the choir performed but with help from our children. The children were thrilled to be invited to join in. Our visitors really encouraged and cajoled a great performance from our children.

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After the concert our very own St Teresa’s choir leapt up to give an impromptu completely unrehearsed performance led by the very able Mrs Aransiola. The Australian students were itching to join in and so before we knew it a totally unplanned jam was underway!

It turns out that music really is a universal language and it is one that both Balwyn and St Teresa’s are fully fluent in!

We are so grateful to the teachers and students of Balwyn High for making our last day so special and one which we will never forget. We are planning to stay in touch and we look forward to hearing how the rest of their European tour goes!

This blog doesn’t begin to do justice to the incredible day that we had. I think you really had to be there to appreciate. On a personal note I just want to share how truly wonderful it was watching young people from different schools and cultures uniting through the power of music.

Below is a video clip of the students from Balwyn performing at their school. It will give you an idea of the hgh standard of their music