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Two new school songs for Melbourne Primary Schools

The Song Room is delighted to have been recently involved in the creation of two new school songs at Dandenong Primary School and St. Andrews Primary School, Werribee. These two projects have been instrumental in connecting teachers, parents, children and local businesses back to their respective schools, by focussing on the unique identities of the school and its community.

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Dandenong Primary School

Through the generous funding of Gandel Philanthropy and ANZ Staff Foundation, The Song Room worked with staff and students from Dandenong Primary School during terms 2 and 3 of this year to improve social, emotional and educational outcomes.

Students have received weekly workshops in singing and drama with Song Room Teaching Artist Stephan Skov. In addition to these workshops, The Song Room Creative Communities initiative has seen two artists, Kelly Boucher and Ian Moorhead, working with the students, parents, teachers and community to write a school song celebrating the diversity of the students and the joy of being a part of the school.

On Wednesday 11th September, the song, which has been written by students, teachers, parents and the local community, will be launched in a celebration of diversity, growth and pride. At the centre of Dandenong Primary School stands a heritage listed tree which has provided shade and play-shelter for staff and students, both current and past for many, many years. Already a strong part of school history, the tree is now the focus of the new school song. The school song uses the tree as a metaphor for the students’ growth and learning during their primary school years.

The following are some lyrics from the song:

Our school, it is an ancient tree
Old and full of history
Now we are all a part of this
And we are at the heart of this
We show our values, try our best
Here surrounded by respect
We are proud of who we are
And proud of what we say
We’ve children here from all the lands
And welcome them in every way
And now I see
It’s no ordinary tree
But that big old tree is really a big part of me
And here we grow, here we grow

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St Andrew’s PS, Werribee

The end of Term 3 saw the culmination of The Song Room’s Creative Community Project at St Andrew’s Primary School in Werribee. ARIA award winning Burmese/Italian musician, Kavisha Mazzella, has used material from her song-writing workshops with the school community to create a beautiful school song which was launched at a special school assembly at 9am on Friday 20th September. St Andrew’s Teaching Artist Zo√´ Barry had also prepared some songs with her own St Andrew’s workshop students, and they performed at this school community event. This fantastic project would not have been possible without the generous support of the Kimberley Foundation.

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Here are the lyrics for this song:

Andrew was a fisherman
he cast his net on the water wide
Oh Andrew catch my beating heart
as it tumbles on the roaring tide

We may be young but this we know
Our elders wisdom helps us grow
Through the storms and good times too|
To live with a heart that’s strong and true

Chorus

Learn to Live
Live to Love
Love to Learn
May the lamp of our hearts brightly burn

Come one come all you girls and boys
At our school we share our joy
Everyone is welcome here
To live a life that’s free from fear

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