On song: Children from the Holy Family Infants School at Skennars Head perform in the choir section at the Lismore Music Festival Society’s primary and infants schools day.
On song: Children from the Holy Family Infants School at Skennars Head perform in the choir section at the Lismore Music Festival Society’s primary and infants schools day. Jacklyn Wagner

Kids sing in joyous harmony

HUNDREDS of primary school students from across the district were fine-tuned, focused and having fun at the 98th Annual Schools Day Eisteddfod which began yesterday at the Lismore Workers Club.

Students clapped, screamed and shuffled in their seats as the first rounds of choral speech and choirs kicked off.

The St Mary’s Casino Choir brought the house down with its version of Abba’s Mama Mia that included hand actions and harmonies.

Libby Norris, the choir’s teacher and conductor, was dancing along with the students onstage and said her students were excited to perform.

“I love anything to do with music and the excitement of performing makes all the kids smile,” she said.

Val Axtens, who has been involved with the Lismore Music Festival Society for 28 years, said the eisteddfod offered students an invaluable experience.

“It’s a wonderful experience for them because they learn behavioural skills and it enables them to be creative and social,” she said.

Mrs Axtens said she felt hopeful for the future when she watched the children perform.

“Without these children we don’t have a future. Their eyes light up when they are onstage. It is so important to promote events like this,” she said.

Abbie Barnes-Whittaker, a student at Nimbin Central School, said she was happy to get out of the classroom.

“I love getting out of school and performing in front of people. It’s fun to show everyone how talented you are,” she said.

The school eisteddfod continues today in the Lismore Workers Club.



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