GALLERY: St Joseph's Taree Hosts the African Children's Choir

Early in June St Joseph’s Primary School, Taree hosted The African Children’s Choir (ACC) during its tour of the east coast of Australia.

The children were aged between 7 – 11 years and all came from remote villages and slums.  These children come from extreme poverty and many of the children are orphans.  They tour the world aiming to provide a unique cultural exchange with local communities and schools and to raise money and awareness for ACC’s work in Africa.

The African Children’s Choir (ACC) has helped more than 52000 children over the past 30 years through providing them with an education and a path out of the slums and the hope and ability to be change makers in their community.

The children were hosted by billet families who volunteered to open their hearts and homes in what has turned out to be a life changing experience for everyone.  While the ACC were in Taree they were able to spend time playing with the children during lunch times.  The Social Justice Group from St Clare’s were able to spend some very valuable time with the chaperones discussing the plight of refugees in Africa.

During the tour St Joseph’s and St Clare’s School Choirs joined together to perform with the African Children at a sell-out show at the Manning Entertainment Centre.   The evening began with a welcome to country by Aunty Wilma, one of our community elders.  Our junior Aboriginal Dance Group then performed a traditional dance.  St Joseph’s and St Clare’s school choirs then joined together on stage for the first time to entertain the excited audience.  The ACC children then performed and provided the audience with an inspiring and heart warming story.  For the finale the students from St Clare’s and St Joseph’s joined with the ACC choir to sing together.

The ACC also put on an African Drumming and Dance workshop to the public which attracted many people from the community.  The evening was great fun with adults and children alike joining in the dancing, singing and drumming.

The ACC children also shared in a unique cultural exchange with the Koori kids from St Joseph’s which was absolutely inspiring to see two indigenous groups share in their history and culture.

The Taree leg of the tour was so successful that The ACC have already begun to plan for a high school group to return to the area in 2016.

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