4 kids, 1 teacher update 3 kings
FOUR students and their passionate music teacher from Lismore High School managed to put a generational spin on a traditional carol for this year's Our Kids Christmas CD.
The annual CD, which is in its fourth year, was officially launched alongside the Our Kids 2012 calendar on Saturday at Invercauld House in Goonellabah.
Six high schools from Lismore contributed to the Christmas CD, which was produced in the recording studio at Southern Cross University.
Lismore High School music teacher Colleen Best said the four students put a creative spin on the Christmas carol We Three Kings.
"We used a rock band to play a modern version of We Three Kings," she said.
"I thought it would put a modern touch to the carol, which everyone loves, but (this version) is more appealing to the young people."
Students John Wilton, Nick Franklin, Jesse Summerville and Nathan White were the musicians behind the track.
The CD is packaged with the Our Kids 2012 calendar, which helps non-for-profit organisation Our Kids purchase much-needed pediatric equipment for Lismore Base Hospital.
The calendar is in its 10th year.
To commemorate the milestone, the children who were photographed in the first few calendars were featured in this year's calendar, photographed by The Northern Star photographer Jacklyn Wagner.
Twelve-year-old Austin Clark-Smith remembers being selected for the calendar after he was diagnosed with congenital adrenal hyperplasia.
"I was rushed up to Brisbane and Dr Chris Ingall (Our Kids founder) was looking after me and he sent me up in a helicopter so that's how I got involved with Our Kids," he said.
"All my mates can see me in the calendar and a few of my friends said it's cool."
Matthew Condon from Casino was diagnosed with type one diabetes when he was 18 months old.
He said the best thing about being in the Our Kids calendar was being able to help the organisation help kids like him who spent time in the children's ward and special care nursery at Lismore Base Hospital.
The CD and calendar combo is $20 and available at locations throughout the North Coast or by emailing ourkids.LBH@nchas.health.nsw.gov.au.