More than half a million people were singing along to Shepparton High School student Jorja Bromley's tune last week, when a song she co-wrote was performed across Australia.SOPHIE MALCOLM November 6, 2012 4:20am
Shepparton High School Year 12 student Jorja Bromley co-wrote the song with two other students and singer-songwriter Josh Pyke.
When Jorja Bromley took to the stage last week, more than half a million people sang along.
The 16-year-old led the Shepparton performance of the Music: Count Us In program.
It was an initiative that saw more than 600
The Year 10 Shepparton High School student was asked to co-write the song for this year’s program with two other students and singer-songwriter Josh Pyke.
The result was Different People (Stand Together), performed in schools across Australia on Thursday.
Jorja said she was proud of her achievement.
‘‘It was awesome,’’ Jorja said.
‘‘It feels pretty amazing.’’
Shepparton High School music director Lachlan Gallacher said almost 300 students from Shepparton High School, Cobram Secondary College, Wanganui Park Secondary College, Kyabram P-12 College and Verney Rd School participated in the event.
‘‘It brings awareness to how important music is in education,’’ Mr Gallacher said.
‘‘Kids that learn music improve in other areas as well.’’
Program ambassador John Foreman said the program had triggered many more music activities in schools throughout the year.
‘‘What’s so clever is that it is simultaneously huge and intimate,’’ Mr Foreman said.
‘‘There aren’t many programs that involve half a million people where there’s also a place for a proud group of 10 students and one teacher in an outback school.’’
The program, which began in 2007, is designed to celebrate the value of music education to students’ development.
According to the program’s website, music improves students’ team skills and self-esteem and helps their progress in areas such as maths and English.
Shepparton’s Declo Bisimwa firmly believes education is the key to a better life.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Garners Boxing Gym in Echuca is encouraging young people to get active with weekly boxing/cardio classes.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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