St Joseph’s win first place at Taree and District Eisteddfod

On Wednesday 7 June, the voices of the St Joseph’s Primary School, Gloucester, choir filled the Manning Entertainment Centre for the 50th annual Taree and District Eisteddfod

Competing against four other schools, St Joseph’s students placed first in the small school choir section of the Eisteddfod which is open to schools with an enrolment between 40 to 159 students.

It is the first time the school has competed in the choir section of the Eisteddfod since the early 1970s.

An early morning saw the students travelling on the bus to Taree, warming up their vocal chords with Mrs Parker in the lead. All children were buzzing with excitement as they were singing along to their favourite songs.

All 41 students from Kindergarten to Year 6 performed the songs, ‘Big Mac Truck’ and ‘Teach Us Well’, which was especially written by Mrs Parker who accompanied the children on the guitar.

‘Big Mack Truck’ was chosen by the students, after Amber Lawrence, composer of the song, visited the school to perform for the children. Amber shared her appreciation and best wishes to the children via a video the day before their performance. 

Only one student had visited the Manning Entertainment Centre prior to the day so all the children were extremely excited. Entering the centre, students were in awe as they saw the magnitude of the venue. With 500 seated in the crowd, the students did well to hold back their nerves.

Competing against Manning Valley Anglican College, Harrington Public School, Lansdowne Public School and Bungwahl Public School, we are very proud of all our students who brought home first place for the first time.

It was a day of victory for the Gloucester community as Gloucester Public School also won their section.

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