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When SMG Pastoral Care Worker Rachel Titley started at Murray Bridge South Primary School last year, she was asked to take over the school choir “We now have a much heavier focus on relationship, comradery and belonging and the need for our kids to be captured in those spaces. The students taking part are learning how to be better team members and how to be leaders, taking turns to set up the room for practice, preparing for the session and conducting from the front with another leader.”

Krystal a year 6 student enjoys singing and performing in the choir “You get good opportunities to meet new people. I have made a couple of new friends that are not in my class, and I have learned that no one is going to judge you.”

A few weeks ago the choir performed at the Murray Bridge ANZAC day Memorial Service. Prior to the event students had the opportunity to hear stories from local veterans and ask questions, and find out if anyone from their families had served.  

They learned about the impact of war and became aware of the freedoms we experience as a result of the sacrifice of others.

Principal Stuart Kitto said “It is really important for kids to have a sense of community and the choir gives them a chance to be involved. The kids see themselves as part of something that is bigger than what they are, that they are wanted and valued, and able to contribute in a way that is accessible to them by singing in a larger group.”

Rachel explained that the choir is not just about singing and performing “these kids need spaces to belong, to be loved, to be encouraged and to be nurtured. Where they can share when there is a new baby in the family, when they lose a grandparent or pet, when they are moving house, or if they have a struggle with their sibling, parent or teacher. They need to have people invested in the journey that is their life. They know that I genuinely care about them, and that I am somebody they can come and speak to if they have any concerns, or if things are hard at school or home.”

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Kerryn Coombs