Walgett school creative in change

WALGETT Community School will receive $1000 after it was announced as the receiver of a commendation, to be donated by GenerationOne chief executive officer Warren Mundine.

Students from the school took part in this year's GenerationOne CREATivE CHANGE School Competition in partnership with the Australian School of Performing Arts, which encouraged all schools across Australia to participate in the competition.

Schools were invited to perform and film their own version of the GenerationOne theme song Hands Across Australia, and secondary schools to use the Warumpi Band's Blackfella/Whitefella to inspire their CREATivE CHANGE response to Indigenous disparity.

This year, a record 176 schools around the country entered the Competition with Centralian Senior College taking out the high school prize, and Yandeyarra Remote Community School winning the primary school section. The 2012 People's Choice was awarded to Tallowood School who won four iPad 2s.

Walgett Community School produced not just one, but two entries for this year's competition with their original composition receiving a commendation.

Partnering with Desert Pea Media, select year 7 to year 11 students recorded and filmed their original song inspired by the 1965 'Freedom Ride' protest which arrived in Walgett led by Charles Perkins.

"Ninety-eight per cent of our students are Indigenous and the competition gave an opportunity for them to demonstrate their musicality, their originality and represent our remote town," teacher Tanya Coelho said.

Basing their lyrics on the freedom rights of Indigenous people, the catchy composition and the fantastic rapping skills of the students created an undeniable stand out in this year's competition.

GenerationOne spokesperson Jeremy Donovan was joined by legendary Australian actor Jack Thompson and Indigenous singer-songwriter Casey Donovan to select the winning entries.

The Walgett Community School entry can be viewed online at http://youtu.be/XUF3FoRX3VA.

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