“Whatever you want to be, you can be ...” echoed from the Doug Dean Sports Stadium as pupils from Delacombe and Lumen Christi primary schools sung for Count Us In.
At 12.30pm yesterday, more than 500,000 pupils nationwide participated in the six-year-old singing event that encourages music education for child development.
Delacombe Primary School pupils Serena Rushton and Bethany Somers said they were nervous yet excited to sing and dance in the choir.
“It feels amazing because I’m part of this thing nationwide,” Bethany Somers, 10, said.
While both primary schools conduct regular music lessons, the musical merger has created new friendships and possible similar events for the future.
Delacombe Primary School visual and performing arts teacher Megan Fromholtz believes the initiative was fundamental for personal growth.
“It’s spreading the message of how important music is,” Ms Fromholtz said. “It’s great for social, emotional and academic development as it links to mathematics and literacy.”
A joyful atmosphere and positive changes in community relationships are also developments noted by Lumen Christi Primary School music teacher Leonie Leviston.
“We’ve been playing the song every day in the playground. It’s a really happy way to begin class for the day,” she said.