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

91 thoughts on “Thank you Balwyn High School!

  1. Wowzah! Yes I agree that NONE of us in the choir expected to perform to such an AMAZING choir which came from the other side of the world! It just goes to show that our world can join together in peace with music! I loved your song ‘I am Australian’ because it described how you live your lives in Australlia. I was also touched by Sam’s performance ( saxophone was it ?) because it sounded so JAZZY! Our whole school is begging you to come back and perform again! Whenever I go to a friend’s house, we ALWAYS discuss your schools performance, even in the classroom! PLEASE come back SOON!

      

  2. Thank you SO much for an outstanding performance! It really lifted our spirits and was the perfect end to the term! We particularly enjoyed hearing you play your instruments and the parts where we got to join in.

    Seeing your choir has inspired some of us to join our own school choir.

    We hope you enjoyed your time in England. Good luck!

    From Cedar Class, Malmesbury Primary School

      

  3. I have had my heart set on to join the choir at school and when you can it inspired and pushed me to do it even more

      

  4. Thank you so much for the wonderful concert from teachers and children at Perseid school. Everybody loved clapping and joining in to the wonderful songs. Everybody there was very talented. One of the boys was singing his favourite line all the way back in the bus and when he got back to school ‘A big big elephant!’ Thanks again and best of luck for the future

      

  5. Please come again!!! Your totally suberb and spectacular, Your singing was AMAZING!!!!

      

  6. Please come again!!! Your totally suberb and spectacular, Your singing was AMAZING!!!!

      

  7. ITS WAS VERY GREAT!thank you high brawlyn school for coming for those lovely songs

      

  8. Thank you Balwyn High school for providing us with such a terrific morning. I have just spent the last 5 minutes reading through the blog comments and it very clear how music can move us. It can make us think deeply, laugh, cry, sing and dance!

    The memories will be with all at St. Teresa’s for a very long time.

    Good luck Balwyn – we look forward to seeing you again!

      

  9. it was a great experience to be able to hear from you sing and I would be happy to hear you sing again.

      

  10. I loved all the songs the same, but my personnel favourite was “Ia’m Australian and I think it helped me to get more courage for the RAH (Royal Albert Hall).

      

  11. Thank you for coming.Well done for the fabulous performance.You were the best band I’ve ever met.Hope to see you soon

      

  12. Thank you so much Balwyn High School for giving us such an amazing performance; also the singing was perfect and to me I thought that there was no mistakes. Balwyn have inspired me to get up and try again and to sing.

      

  13. Thankyou for coming!I hope you had a great time. It was amazing visiting you. I enjoyed listening to your music!!

      

  14. The concert was amazing ,your singing is great! That is the best thing I’ve ever heard.

      

  15. Thank you so much for performing i wish you could do it again.I really enjoyed it.It inspired me to let my voice out.

      

  16. Thankyou very much for coming into our school and singing. I can’t really tell wich part is my favrouite because I loved everything

      

  17. I REAL INJOY THAT WONDERFUL PEACE OF ENTERTAINMENT IT WAS MINDBLOWING BUT WHY ARE YOU A BIG MUSICL SCHOOL?

      

  18. Thank you for coming to our School from all the way from Australia it must of been very hard to practice as your really good.

      

  19. balwyn high school you did a stupendous singing u are realy good and your performance was great iswell .

      

  20. The music was terrific and I loved it.

    Thank you for performing it at our school.

      

  21. This performance was amazing!
    Incredible !!!!!
    I hope you had a great time in our school.

      

  22. I really enjoyed your music(especially the jazz-Sam well done!)and I was really surprised when our St Teresa’s choir sang to your choir! The best part of singing to your choir was that you knew the song ,’Ain’t no mountain high enough!’when we sang it to you!!!!! THANK YOU FOR COMING!!!!!!! It totally made my day!!!! I hope you come and visit again,even all my friends (including Andrea) are talking about you guys after you departed at lunch!!!!!

    P.S: Your choir was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      

  23. My favourite song was actually I am Australian because you can picture it in your head

      

  24. I adored your performance and it has inspired me to try my hardest in the Royal Albert Hall and to be the best that I can be. My favourite song was “I am Australian” because it was a very good song and not only that but it was truly amazing how you sang it with true passion and a love for your country.Amazing work

      

  25. Thank you so much for coming to our school and performing it was amazing also my favourite song was when the boy sang the Jazz solo . P.S how long have your school been performing

      

  26. I liked the music and i really enjoyed there performance. Thank you so much for coming to are school to perform it was amazing.

      

  27. Loved the performance hope you enjoyed ur time with St Teresa’s it was a pleasure having you I hope you return one day again. How was Disney land did you sing there like a concert. Thanks.

      

  28. Hi everyone ,I hope everyone enjoyed the performance it was amazing how soloists sang on their own without being frightened.Thank this did give me the courage to sing at the royal Albert hall and encouraging the other years that are going to do it.My faviorate is “i am Australia “cause I could picture australia.

      

  29. I loved the concert it was amazing.i loved the songs and everything about it !!!!!!!!! Thankyou everyone involved in it including miss schnieder

      

  30. What a lovely day I had one day you will all be famous and I will be your number 1 fan at your concert.

      

  31. Your group of singers were amazing! Thank you for coming to our school, even though you live half across the world. You were thantastic

      

  32. Loved the performance hope you enjoyed ur time with St Teresa’s it was a pleasure having you I hope you return one day again. How was Disney land did you sing there like a concert. thx

      

  33. This was a amazing experience for me and I really enjoyed listening to the lovely music. Everyone in there choir had GREAT voices. I really liked when the choir played instruments as they were exceptional!

      

  34. Thank you for coming to our wonderful school.Your songs were INCREDIBLE!!!!

    I really enjoyed it.
    My favourite song was,”I am Australian” because it listed all the amazing things you do in Australia.
    I hope to see you again,especially NikNik,Sarah and Jim.
    I met so many of you,we welcome you any time!
    Anyway,please come visit our school again.
    Everyone enjoyed your performance, we look forward to your next visit here.
    I hope our teachers will let the choir and a few other sensible children to go on a special journey to get to Australia.
    Bye!

    P.S Everyone wants you to stay here FOREVER!People are always talking about you and your awsome performace ever since you left us.Every time I go to a friend’s house,they are always talking about you.

      

  35. I loved the concert because everybody sung very equally and beautifully .The people who played the instruments played all together thought it sounded great I hope you come again:) .

      

  36. It was fantastic ! I was very happy to watch your performance 😉 . Your performance was amazing ! I Can’t wait to see your next performance .
    Thank you for being with us.

      

  37. Thanks for entertaining us and YOU WERE AMAZING AT SINGING! You did an excellent performance ever and now it inspires me to sing more.

      

  38. Fantastic ! It’s totally amazing I love it , And the part I like best is when they told us to say the Disney movie , and I liked when we were told that they were going Disney Land.

      

  39. Thanks for coming and you were AMAZING AT SINGING.You did the most excellent performance ever. It inspires me to sing more.

      

  40. Thank you for coming to our school ,I really love it ,I like the jazz song and I wish you would do it again.

      

  41. Thank you for coming to are school and singing for us IT WAS AMAZING i hope you come again.

      

  42. It was amazing! Everyone was so happy and they even asked if we could join in! I love their performance and I hope the other schools have injoing this too. Can’t wait to see there next performance ( if there is one!!)

      

  43. It was amazing! Everyone was so happy and they even asked if we could join in! I love their performance and I hope the other schools have injoing this too. Can’t wait to see there next performance ( if there is one!)

      

  44. My favourite song was ” I am Australian ” because it tells us how Australia is like and when I imagine it I picture calm thinags and quiet things

      

  45. it is so wonderful to hear of such a wonderful performance from the other side of the planet

      

  46. Hello Balwayne highschool , thank you for travelling long way to perform for our school.Your performence was mind blowing I bet during this some of our choir learnt some things. Your show was so amazing you perswausaded some of our pupils to join our choir.

    Thank you for a lovely show ,hope your safe on the way to your next destination!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      

  47. It was amazing to here you sing and the only way I can describe it is outstanding.and once again thank you for coming to our school Balwyn high school.

      

  48. The perfomance was really good I liked it when the trumpets joined in .I liked the sound.My favourite song was rum tum tum on a military drum.I hope you had a lovely day at our school eating lunch with us and the boys playing football.

      

  49. I did not see your performance because I was not in school but everyone has been saying that your singing was lovely so I am guessing that it was very good. Thank you for coming to our school

      

  50. Thank you so much for coming to st teresas primary school. Your performance was great I loved it .

      

  51. OOOOOMMMMMGGGGG!!!!!!!
    I love your singing guys, it is so COOL! I love it and I will never forget it,
    thanks for coming to our school
    G day.
    P.S.YOUR AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      

  52. OOOOOMMMMMGGGGG!!!!!!!
    I love your singing guys, it is so COOL! I love it and I will never forget it,
    thanks for coming to our school
    G day.
    P.S.YOUR AWSOME

      

  53. Hello everyone

    I loved the performance I think it would be nice if Mrs Schneider to teach the songs to us.

      

  54. I loved your concert it was great. Thank you for coming and I would want to say a great,big thanks for the Austrailian school that came to our school. xxxNIKOLAxxx

      

  55. WOW!!!!!!! I loved the concert!!!!!my favourite part was when St Teresa’s choir and the Austrian choir sang together. It was really moving!!!

      

  56. It was a calm and inspiring performance and I agree with Niara the “I am Australian song was very soothing.

      

  57. your music was awesome and we loved the jazz song. Hey guys I just want to say I loved the music and the jazz that made me go on my feet.

      

  58. WOW!!!!!! I LOVED THE CONCERT!!! My favourite part was when St Teresa’s choir and the Australian choir sang together it was really moving.

      

  59. What a beautiful performance, I wish I could restart that whole day and hear their inspirational voices.

      

  60. Thank you so much for coming to are school to peform it was amazing. P.S how long have you been traning! I LOVED IT

      

  61. I love the concert, it has inspire me to sing more and do my best in the royal Albert hall. My favourite song was ” I am Australian ” because it tells us how Australia is like and when I imagine it I picture calm thinags and quiet things

      

    • Thank you Naiara for leaving a comment. I have left your koala keyring in your classroom

        

  62. it is so wonderful to hear of such a wonderful performance from the other side of the planet
    well done to st. teresa’s and to balwyn high go everybody have fun

      

  63. Hello to all the Students from St Teresa’s and the other primary schools who joined us for the concert yesterday!

    On behalf of Balwyn High School we would like to thank you again for welcoming us so warmly into your school. We loved singing for you, listening to your performance and then singing with you! Music is something we all love so very much and we all started learning our instruments when we were your age or a little older.

    Music is exciting. It makes your heart beat faster and it is so energising to be with a group of people performing, experiencing, or talking about music. By singing, humming, clapping or playing you are now part of a powerful and vibrant experience. Like your blog says, music matters! It expresses things your heart can’t say any other way, and best of all? In a language everyone speaks!

    Thank you again St Teresa’s and Mrs Schneider, yesterday was filled with experiences and memories we will not easily forget!

    Ms Gilkison from Balwyn High School, Melbourne, Australia

      

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