Sound of music takes over Hargreaves Mall

WITH just two weeks until Christmas, 100 students from four Bendigo primary schools have helped get everyone into the spirit by singing carols in Hargreaves Mall.

Children from Kennington, St Francis of the Fields, St Peter's and Holy Rosary primary schools came together on Wednesday afternoon to perform Christmas carols for family and passers-by.

From classics like Silent Night and Away in a Manger to the Australian rendition of Jingle Bells, the students danced as they sang.

Lance Hillier was there to watch his daughter Sunday from Kennington Primary School perform.

“Sometimes it’s hard to get into the spirit of Christmas, but this really helps,” he said.

Sometimes it’s hard to get into the spirit of Christmas, but this really helps. - Lance Hillier

Mr Hillier’s sister, Kim Griparis, went along with her brother to see her niece singing.

“Carols make it feel like Christmas,” she said.

Marlene Jenkyn was watching her granddaughter Jessie from Kennington Primary School and said it was good to see the schools sing together.

“It’s nice to see the kids enjoying themselves,” Ms Jenkyn said.

Several organisers and music teachers from each of the schools worked to help make the day a success.

Kennington performing arts teacher Wendy Collishaw said the teaching of songs and organising the day was a joint effort between all the music teachers.

“We’re all very passionate,” she said.

“We love getting the kids together to sing.”

Ms Collishaw said St Peter’s and Holy Rosary music teacher Jenni Heinrich and Helen McCarthy from St Francis were also to thank for their efforts on the day.

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